Rainfall in Metro Vancouver this week could encourage social distancing

Mar 22 2020, 10:24 am

The forecast for rainfall throughout much of this week could aid in the plea to have Metro Vancouver’s residents stay put at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Environment Canada is calling for the possibility of rainfall beginning early Monday morning, near midnight, and lasting through the day.

More rain is also expected for the second half of the week, running through the weekend.

Vancouver International Airport

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Vancouver weather forecast as of March 22, 2020. (Environment Canada)

Abbotsford International Airport

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Abbotsford weather forecast as of March 22, 2020. (Environment Canada)

Squamish

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Squamish weather forecast as of March 22, 2020. (Environment Canada)

Whistler

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Whistler weather forecast as of March 22, 2020. (Environment Canada)

This follows the region’s past week of unseasonably sunny and warm conditions, which attracted large dense crowds to the seawall, beaches, and parks, completely countering calls from health and government officials for the public to practice social distancing and only make essential trips.

“Right now we need to be in small groups … one or two of us. And we need to maintain our distance with others. We must be united in these efforts and we need to build that firewall and make sure we keep it as strong as we can and that there are no gaps,” said BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during Friday’s press conference.

“We are not to be outside in groups, we are not to be playing basketball, we’re not to be out sitting together in large groups on the beach watching the beautiful sunsets … because when we’re out in groups like that the chances are somebody will be exposed to this virus and we’ll bring it home to our family and our communities, and that is what is going to spread the virus.”

With files from Simran Singh.