It’s time to leave those sweaters, raincoats, and boots at home and unleash the shorts, tank tops, and sunglasses.
Yes, after a frigid winter led to an unseasonably cold and wet spring, residents in Metro Vancouver can finally expect warm, summer-like weather – just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend.
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Environment Canada’s latest forecast indicates a high pressure system will move into the region beginning Thursday, bringing mostly clear skies and temperatures reaching 18°C by the water.
The warming trend will continue as the weekend progresses, with temperatures climbing up to 21°C by Sunday.
Sunny and warm conditions are expected to continue and further develop throughout next week, when temperatures near the mid 20s.
Further inland, away from the cooling influence of sea water, Abbotsford is forecasted to see a high of 26°C on Monday.
Avid outdoor enthusiasts should be extra-cautious in the mountains over the next few weeks. 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.
But before the warm spell begins, residents in southern BC will have to endure two more days of cool and wet weather. On the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 3, snow began falling yesterday prompting Environment Canada to declare a rare late-spring warning for drivers using the mountain routes. As much as an additional 15 cm could fall by this afternoon.