With the arrival of June, the weather is about to take a major shift into summer mode with forecasts indicating Metro Vancouver will experience sunny and warm temperatures for at least the next seven consecutive days.
According to Environment Canada, there will be a chance of showers on Friday morning, but this will transition into sunny weather by the afternoon.
Temperatures will soar over the weekend, potentially reaching historic records, over the weekend; it will reach 23°C by the water at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and 29°C further inland on Saturday, climbing to 24°C at YVR and 30°C inland on Sunday.
At this time, similar high temperatures are expected to remain through next Wednesday.
These conditions are the result of the arrival of a very strong high pressure system arriving from the Pacific tomorrow.
As warm and dry weather arrives, the demand for water will surge and reduce the level of water supplies in the reservoirs. Stage 1 water restrictions in the region came into effect on May 15, two weeks earlier than previous years, and more prohibitory water restrictions could be enacted earlier than usual. Due to early warm weather, snowpacks accumulated during the winter months have already disappeared.
In 2015, Stage 2 restrictions began on July 3 and this was heightened to Stage 3 on July 20.
Those who are outdoors and camping should follow proper camp fire policies and take notice of camp fire bans that come into effect each summer. Forests in B.C. are currently tinder dry, and such conditions have already sparked a number of wildfires elsewhere in the province.
Climatologists with NOAA have recently stated that El Nino in the Pacific Ocean has reached its tail end, and it should transition into La Nina – the opposite cooler and wetter phase – by fall.