Beating Monday's record breaking heat

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Record breaking temperatures on Monday sent the mercury soaring into the 30s on the Island. Many headed to the water to cool off.

St Peter's Bay, PEI broke a heat record for June 7th by reaching 31.7C. Meteorologist Ian Hubbard, with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said this surpassed the previous 1991 record of 27C. Records have been kept in St Peter's Bay since 1960.

It's unclear if records were broken in East Point as the weather tower is temporarily out of order.

Summerside also broke its previous June 7th heat record. Temperatures hit 27C in the urban center compared to the old record of 26.5 set in 1991.

Records aren't recorded farther west on the Island. The only weather tower west of Summerside is in North Cape. "Data collected at this tower is not as representative of land temperature," said Mr Hubbard.

Readings are affected water temperatures and other factors.

Tignish did record the highest temperature of the Day on the Island at 33C.

Mr Hubbard added it looks like more records may break today, June 8 as temperatures continue to rise. Official readings will be available tomorrow. A heat warning remains in effect.

Rachel Collier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Graphic