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B.C. Weather: Warm Temperatures Across Province, But Avalanche And Wine Worries Persist

12/28/2011 07:21 EST | Updated 02/27/2012 05:12 EST
VANCOUVER - Winter is taking a bit of a holiday in parts of B.C. where temperature records are toppling.

The warmest place in the province — and the hot spot in all of Canada Wednesday — was Entrance Island, south of Nanaimo, at 13.4 degrees, beating the previous record of 12.2 set in 1998.

It got up to 11.6 degrees at Vancouver airport, edging the old mark of 11.3 set in 1980.

Kamloops reached 9.5 degrees, just up from 9.3 in 1980, while the temperature in Williams Lake hit 6.3, compared to the old mark of 4.5 set for this day in 1986.

However, not everyone is happy with the balmy weather, which has triggered fears of avalanches and sent chills down the spines of some ice wine producers in the Okanagan Valley.

They're anxious because a sustained cold spell of at least minus-8 degrees is needed before frozen grapes can be harvested for ice wine.