Sick of dismal, rainy days in Vancouver?
You aren’t alone, but according to Environment Canada, the Lower Mainland won’t see much rainfall in the coming weeks. So, if you’ve been waiting for a stretch of pleasant, sunny weather to enjoy, this is it.
With that in mind, many locals worry that a dry spell could be problematic. Squamish already had a 15-hectare fire this month, and last year was the province’s worst wildfire season on record.
Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Matt MacDonald, Meteorologist, Environment Canada, who explained what the region had to look forward to in the coming months.
“It looks like the next couple of weeks will be consistently mild and sunny,” he described.
“Of course, this week has a chance of showers on Friday evening and Saturday morning, but it will not be heavy. In fact, most of the week will see clear skies, and temperatures are expected to soar as high as 18 degrees inland on Thursday.”
When asked if the warm, sunny weather could be worrisome, MacDonald noted that April has actually seen typical spring weather.
“April has already seen 91 mm of rainfall and there’s just under a week left in the month; the average amount of rainfall in Vancouver for April is 89 mm,” he said. “So, that means that sunshine through the month’s end isn’t overly worrisome.”
In addition, MacDonald notes that the Lower Mainland won’t see temperatures as high as the ones seen in March. While the skies will be clear, the temperatures will be fairly typical for the month. This will change, however, around May 8 or 9, when he predicts the temperatures will begin to climb.
Metro Vancouver Weather
On Wednesday, March 20, a jaw-dropping 48 weather records were broken across B.C. What’s more, some areas saw soaring highs of nearly 26°C.
For example, the Agassiz Area broke its old record of 21.7°C set in 1915 with a summery high of 25.8°C. Likewise, the Squamish Area broke its old record of 21°C set in 1999 with a toasty 25.9°C daily high.
Environment Canada has also stated that the presence of a weak El Niño will affect temperatures heading into summer. As such, the department expects that the province will see above average temperatures this summer.