VANCOUVER -- British Columbia enjoyed record-breaking heat over the weekend.

Environment Canada says preliminary data shows 17 heat records were set in B.C. on Sunday, including a temperature of 29.1 C in White Rock, smashing the old record of 26.7 C set 79 years ago.

The Hope-area, east of Vancouver, edged Squamish as B.C.'s hot spot for May 10, breaking a record set last year of 30.2 degrees, beating Squamish by one-tenth of one degree.

Many of the records were set around Greater Victoria and in other Vancouver Island communities of Comox, Courtenay and Port Hardy, with some of the old marks standing since 1968.

Other records fell in Abbotsford, Bella Bella, Prince Rupert and Sandspit on Haida Gwaii.

Yukon also notched one heat record as the temperature in Haines Junction, about 150 kilometres west of Whitehorse, reached 23 C, breaking the old record of 22.8 C set in 1975.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2020