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PHOTOS: Victorians manage the hottest day in the city's recorded history

Photographer Colin Smith explored the city at the peak of the heatwave to see how people were staying cool

By Colin Smith
June 28, 2021
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PHOTOS: Victorians manage the hottest day in the city's recorded history

Photographer Colin Smith explored the city at the peak of the heatwave to see how people were staying cool

By Colin Smith
Jun 28, 2021
Colin Smith / Capital Daily
Photography

PHOTOS: Victorians manage the hottest day in the city's recorded history

Photographer Colin Smith explored the city at the peak of the heatwave to see how people were staying cool

By Colin Smith
June 28, 2021
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PHOTOS: Victorians manage the hottest day in the city's recorded history
Colin Smith / Capital Daily

Victoria smashed the record for its hottest recorded temperature this weekend—and then broke it again within a day. According to Environment Canada, Monday's high was 38.7 C, one degree higher than Sunday's record-setting high.

With warnings issued by Environment Canada, many schools and businesses closed, and people were left finding their own means to stay cool in the heat. We wanted to know how Victorians were managing, so Capital Daily sent photographer Colin Smith out to explore the city—thanks, Colin—while we surrounded ourselves with ice packs.

Beaches were a popular option, and there were lots to choose from—from the pebbles and cobbles on the south shore to the sandy Willows Beach in the west. By the water, temperatures were often several degrees lower than further inland, plus, the water itself can pull a lot of heat off you.

Dogs needed a little beach time too today; the unforgiving weather was especially hard on anyone with a fur coat.

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Away from the water, the temperatures climbed even higher, and relief could be hard to find. There were cooling stations, however, and any bit of shade helped.

But for some, getting close to the water wasn't enough. The best option was just to dive in.

After the punishing sun sank toward and below the horizon, temperatures started to recede and shade became much more plentiful. Time to cool off. (Following photos by James MacDonald)

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