Residents soak up some sun along White Rock beach Friday afternoon. The weather has not only drawn people to the water

Residents soak up some sun along White Rock beach Friday afternoon. The weather has not only drawn people to the water

Warm weather roasts 60-year-old record

Environment Canada's White Rock weather station recorded a 27.9 degree high temperature on May 5, breaking a mark from 1953.

The recent stretch of warm weather than Peninsula residents enjoyed last week was record-setting – on one day, at least.

On Sunday, May 5, the temperature at Environment Canada’s White Rock weather station hit 27.9 degrees Celsius, which was the hottest May 5 on record in 60 years; on May 5, 1953, the mercury rose to 26.7 degrees, according to Environment Canada meteorologist David Jones. White Rock records go back as far as 1929, he added.

Sunday’s mark was the warmest in White Rock all week, as temperatures dipped as the week wore on – on Monday, the high was 23.2, and by Thursday the thermometer reached just 17.9 degrees Celsius, and got even cooler on the weekend.

The warm stretch of weather set records – and sent residents flocking to the nearest beach – throughout the province, as all-time high temperatures have also been recorded in several cities, including Pitt Meadows, Agassiz, Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River.