It’s almost as if someone just turned on the switch labelled ‘summer’.
Finally a prolonged period of hot and sunny weather will greet residents in Metro Vancouver beginning this long weekend, after months of unseasonably cold and wet conditions.
The long-term forecast generated by The Weather Network indicates there will be almost 14 days of consecutive sunny and warm weather, with the exception of a chance of rain on the last day of the month.
Moreover, Environment Canada’s forecast now predicts a daytime temperature high of 25°C by the water at the weather station at Vancouver International Airport, with greater temperatures further inland in areas like Burnaby and Surrey.
Over at Abbotsford, temperatures are expected to reach a scorching 29°C by mid-week.
While such conditions may seem perfect for recreational activities in the local mountains, outdoor enthusiasts should be extra-cautious. There is still significant snow on the ground at higher elevations, and a sharp jump in temperatures will accelerate snow melt and cause streams and rivers to rise quickly.
The forecasted conditions contrast greatly with even this week’s weather when Grouse Mountain was pummelled with 25 cm of overnight snow, possibly further delaying the seasonal opening of the Grouse Grind. A heavy snowfall warning was also issued for the Coquihalla Highway.