Warm weather shatters record in Abbotsford

Mercury reached 17 C at Abbotsford International Airport.

A large tree was toppled by strong winds Tuesday.

A large tree was toppled by strong winds Tuesday.

Tuesday’s wacky weather broke records and trees in Abbotsford.

According to Environment Canada, the mercury at Abbotsford International Airport reached 17 C at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, blowing away Dec. 9’s 58-year-old record of 13.3 C set in 1956. The average was 6.2 C.

Wednesday was even warmer, with the temperature climbing to 17.8 C, breaking the Dec. 10 record of 15.7 C set in 1993.

Wednesday also came within less than half a degree of matching the all-time record high for December. That record was set at 18.2 C on Boxing Day of 1980.

Abbotsford also saw strong winds, with gusts reaching 70 km/h on Tuesday and 56 km/h on Wednesday.

On Matsqui prairie, stiff winds broke branches and knocked down trees, including a 150-foot-plus tree off of Kelleher Street.

A neighbour said the tree made a sound “like lightning” when it broke at the base and fell into an adjacent field.

If the tree had fallen in the opposite direction, it would have taken out a horse paddock, and several fences.

Environment Canada attributed the warm weather to an intense jet stream over the Pacific Ocean.

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A large tree on the Matsqui prairie was toppled by strong winds Tuesday

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