Vancouver saw the coldest temperature in a whopping 84 years today


The Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for decidedly chilly temperatures tonight after temperatures for Oct. 9 were recorded at their lowest in over 80 years.

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Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Armel Castellan, an Environment Canada meteorologist, who explained why the temperatures dipped so low, as well as what we can expect in the days to come.

Castellan notes that Oct. 9 and Oct. 12 are the only October days in the history of the YVR weather records that have never seen the temperature dip below zero degrees. With that being said, it is uncommon for temperatures to reach below zero degrees in October.

In fact, Castellan explains that there have only been two occasions that temperatures have dipped below zero since 2000. He says that the last two days in October 2006 saw temperatures dip to a chilly -2.6°C and -2.8°C. After that, the lowest October temperature was recorded on Oct. 11, 2016 at zero degrees.

“Vancouver saw temperatures reach a low of 1.4°C this morning,” reports Castellan. “However, the hourly low was 1.8°C.”

Castellan adds that temperatures are expected to dip down to zero degrees tonight, but that they could be even lower. Regardless, he says that these temperatures are considerably low for this time of year. The average temperatures for this time of year are 14°C during the day and 7°C overnight.

As a matter of fact, Vancouver hasn’t seen an Oct. 9 this cold since 1935 — a whopping 84 years ago. Back then, temperatures hit 1.1°C. Prior to that, temperatures dipped to zero degrees in 1916.

“We’ve had some very clear skies, and, as a result, the temperatures dip quite low,” he remarks. “That’s why we expect temperatures will fall quite low tonight. However, Friday night is expected to be cloudy, so the temperatures will reflect that.”

Despite the brisk weather, Castellan says that the overall temperatures for fall will likely hit just above average.

Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast

Image: Environment Canada

If you felt like fall came unseasonably early in the Lower Mainland, you aren’t alone.

Not only have there been many dreary, rainy days, but there have also been a number of downpours. Vancouverites witnessed an intense downpour around 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 that caused flash flooding in parts of the city. As a matter of fact, Vancouver received over twice the average rainfall for September.

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