Vancouver: A number of heat records were set on Sunday around B.C., including one in Lytton, where the community again claimed the record for hottest spot in the country.

Environment Canada says the records were set mainly in the southwest, with the Fraser Canyon community of Lytton reaching a high of 39.8 Celsius,  just shy of the 40 degree mark that has not yet been reached in Canada this summer.

The heat comes as the weather office says the hot spell is now moving across the southern half of the province, with some areas in the Okanagan, Kootenays and Thompson regions expecting highs of 39 degrees today.

A total of 43 heat warnings or special weather statements cover much of Vancouver Island and the southern half of B.C., with sweltering conditions expected to last until at least Thursday. – Canadian Press

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