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Wildfire smoke and extreme heat forecasted for Metro Vancouver this long weekend

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DH Vancouver Staff Aug 31, 2017 1:01 pm 10,177

Although summer is quickly coming to an end, it won’t feel like it. Expect unseasonably hot temperatures to kick off the start of September.

A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada late this afternoon warns residents in Metro Vancouver that hot temperatures will persist beginning Friday through at least Tuesday when the new school year begins

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 28°C in areas by the water and 32°C for areas further inland, such as Coquitlam and Surrey.

A high of 34°C is expected in Pemberton, and areas on Vancouver Island – especially the inland areas away from water – will feel the heat.

The federal weather agency states these conditions are expected due to an unseasonably strong ridge of high pressure over the province.

As well, forecasters say there is a possibility that wildfire smoke could make another return to the region from being carried in the outflow winds traveling from the interior of the province, through the valleys, to coast. The air flow in the region will otherwise be stagnant.

The weather patterns will be similar to what was experienced earlier this month, which resulted in the long-lasting period of poor air quality.

Vancouver International Airport

Forecast by Environment Canada as of 7 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017. (Environment Canada)

Abbotsford International Airport

Forecast by Environment Canada as of 7 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017. (Environment Canada)

Squamish

Forecast by Environment Canada as of 7 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017. (Environment Canada)

Whistler Village

Forecast by Environment Canada as of 7 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017. (Environment Canada)


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DH Vancouver Staff
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