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Squamish Today—July 18: We broke a temperature record yesterday

Weather, campfire bans, moon phase, local events to catch, gas prices, and more.
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Good Thursday to you, Squamish!

There is an Environment Canada heat warning that remains in effect today through Monday for Squamish and Pemberton.

"Elevated temperatures are expected, and there is a moderate risk to public health," reads the alert.

According to Environment Canada, today, July 18, will be sunny, with a high of 29 C, dipping down to a low of 14 C overnight.

"Heat affects everyone, but the risks are greater for seniors, people who live alone, people with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory disease, people with mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, or anxiety, people with substance use disorders, people with limited mobility,”  continues the warning.

“Check on family, friends and neighbours who are at higher risk, particularly if they live alone, to make sure they have a cool space. Never leave susceptible people, particularly children or pets, inside a parked vehicle,"

Yesterday, we saw a record-breaking high of 32.8 C in Squamish. The old record of 32.3 C was set in 2009.

Records in this area have been kept since 1960.

Back to today, the humidex, which measures how hot the temperature feels, is set to reach 32 today.

Within the range of 30 to 39, people will feel "some discomfort" due to the heat.

The UV index will reach 8, or very high, today.

In Canada, the index ranges from 1 to 11; the higher the number, the stronger the sun’s UV rays. 

The District reminds residents that they can seek a reprieve from the heat at the following public places during regular operating hours: Brennan Park Recreation Centre, The 55 Activity Centre, and Squamish Public Library.

Campfire bans

Please note that due to the hot and dry weather, there's currently a municipal campfire ban in place for Squamish. 

It started at noon on July 9.

"The dry conditions and extreme temperatures mean that forest fuels are very dry, and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts and resources," reads a District of Squamish post about the ban.

Therefore, all open fires within the District of Squamish are currently banned.

There's also a ban on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires.

The following activities are not allowed:

  • Campfires (Category 1)
  • Category 2, Category 3 open fires
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Air Curtain Burners
  • Tiki torches
  • Wood-burning saunas and hot tubs

The following are never allowed in Squamish:

  • Fires in any public space, including forests, riverbanks, mountainsides, beaches
  • Open Air Burning, including but not limited to: yard waste, garden debris and construction materials

What is still allowed are cooking stoves that use gas, or propane, or portable campfire devices that use liquid, or gaseous fuel, provided the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 911 if within the municipal boundaries, or, if outside the district, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. 

The B.C. Wildfire Service has also put in place a provincewide campfire ban that went into effect Friday.

This means that in addition to campfires not being allowed within Squamish, they are not permitted in areas outside of it, such as the Squamish Valley.

No kiting at oceanfront beach

In the wake of a man's death while he was kiteboarding off of Sp'akw'us Feather Park on July 1, the District of Squamish has temporarily closed the beach to kiteboarding while an investigation into the incident is underway.

"Kites are being restricted out of caution to ensure public safety. Wingfoiling and windsurfing continue to be permitted," a District release states.

Access to Pepahím̓ (Spit Island) for kiteboarding is available through a shuttle operated by the Squamish Windsports Society.

Shuttles take place daily between noon and 7 p.m., with access to the shuttle launch a short walk from the Sp’akw’us Feather parking lot.

Visit squamishwindsports.com for information and current weather conditions.

Sunrise & sunset

Sunrise on July 18 was at 5:26 a.m. Sunset will be at 9:11 p.m. 

Moon phase

The moon is in its waxing gibbous phase.

"This intermediate moon phase starts after the first quarter moon and lasts until the full moon," reads timeanddate.com.

The moon's illumination is currently 90.18%, meaning that is the percentage of the moon illuminated by the sun, according to phasesmoon.com.

The moon is currently located in the constellation of Pisces.

The moon is currently 387,493.01  kilometres from Earth.

Moonrise is at 7:45 p.m., moonset will be at 1:57 a.m.

The next full moon will be on July 20, at 9:27 p.m.

Tides

The next low tide today will be at 10:09 a.m. (Height: 0.9mmetres); the next high tide is at 6:23 p.m. (4.35 m), according to the site tides.today.

The final tide today, a low tide, will be at 10:39 p.m. (3.81 m).

Seawater temps

The current water temperature in Howe Sound on July 18, measured at Halibut Bank (49.34N 123.72W), is 17 C, according to this government site.

Good fishing day?

According to solunarforecast.com, July 18 is set to be a good fishing day in Squamish.

The best, or major, bite times today are between 9:54 a.m. and 11:54 p.m. and then between 10:24 p.m. and 12:24 p.m.

 How are these bite times calculated, anyway? 

"The gravitational pull of the moon affects tidal movement, while the sunrise and sunset times can help anglers predict when the fish are going to bite. Many anglers feel that fish are most active on a full moon or new moon, and that activity is at a low on a quarter moon or a three quarter moon," reads the Take Me Fishing site.

Events to note

Here are some local upcoming events you might want to attend.

•This evening, July 18, there’s a S2S Entrepreneur Meet-Up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trickster's Hideout.

“Squamish business community gets together! Bring your ideas, your challenges and let's get solving and networking,” reads the listing.

•Also, tonight at Trickster’s, there will be Karaoke on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

"Join Us for a night of musical magic at our recurring Thursday Karaoke Night event! Prepare to be entertained, whether you're a singing sensation or a shower crooner, because everyone's a star at the Trickster's,” reads the listing.

•On July 20, Dancing Under The Stars Squamish returns to Junction Park from 7 to 11 p.m.

"Swing & Latin Dancing under the stars," reads the listing.

•Also on July 20 is the CrippledWheel Party, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m, at Trickster's Hideout.

"We’re throwing it back to the good ol’ days with local favourite CrippledWheel Pete! If you’ve lived in Squamish for a while, you’ve let loose to Pete’s beats at the Knotty Burl. Now, he’s back to bring the magic to Trickster’s Hideout. Come early and stay late for a night of nostalgia and great music," reads the listing.

•On July 25, catch Taylor James at the Sea to Sky Gondola, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"For Taylor, music is first and foremost about connection. It’s about translating and sharing the emotions that make life worth living, that make us who we are," reads the event listing.

•On July 27, check out the Vox Rea: Name It Yourself Music Festival 2024, at Trickster's Hideout from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The evening includes performances by Evan and the Tide, Wack, Suppertime, Fet's Luck, and Vox Rea.

•Looking to next month, on Aug. 10, catch Shari Ulrich in concert (with Jeanne Tolmie) at The BAG, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

"Shari first played the Brackendale Art Gallery 50 years ago and it has been a thread through her life ever since. She has played there with every musical adventure from the Pied Pumkin to the High Bar Gand and everything in between, including many solo shows. She's being accompanied for this evening with her cohort in The Luckies, Jeanne Tolmie," reads the listing.

There are many more events coming up; go to our online events calendar to see them all!

Want a possible shout-out in our daily report? Load your event into our free calendar, by clicking "create an event."

On this day

  • The average high temperature in Squamish on July 18 is 23.6 C, according to Environment Canada.
  • The average low is 12.1 C.
  • The highest temperature on this day (1982-2023) was 33.7 C in 1995.
  • The lowest temperature seen on this day in the district was 8.4 C in 1986.
  • The most precipitation we have seen on this day was 13.2 millimetres in 2007.

Looking ahead. 

Friday, we are in for more sun, with a high of 28 C and a low down to 14 C.

Saturday, it will be sunny; expect a high of 31 C and a low down to 14 C overnight.

Sunday will change things up with a mix of sun and cloud. We will see a high of 30 C and a low down to 18 C.

Gas prices

According to our latest data, on July 18, the cheapest regular gas in Squamish is 178.9 cents per litre at the Squamish Valley Gas Bar.

In Whistler, gas is going for 179.9/L at the Co-op at 2101 Lake Placid Rd.

In Pemberton, expect to pay 183.9/L at area stations.

In Lillooet, gas is selling for 172.9/L at the Canco at 211 Main St, according to GasBuddy.

Road warnings

On Highway 99, northbound, until Aug. 4, expect utility work between Scott Cres. and Cleveland Ave. The right turn lane and shoulder may be closed. Watch for traffic control.

On Highway 99, in both directions, utility work is expected at Lions Bay Ave (Lions Bay). This will close the left lane from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The work will continue until tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Find the latest road warnings on the DriveBC site.

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