Vancouver winter expected to remain mild for the rest of the season

Jan 18 2019, 9:41 pm

While Vancouver has seen a handful of somewhat colder days over the course of this winter, weather forecasters agree that this winter has been a milder one, and say that trend is set to continue until spring.

“We haven’t really seen any arctic air yet this winter,” said Environment Canada meteorologist, Matt MacDonald.

And the fact that this winter has been classified as an El Nino year means “that’s kind of the flavour going forward.”

MacDonald told Daily Hive that temperatures around this time of year typically hover around daytime highs of five or six degrees Celsius, but that this year has seen temperatures around the seven to eight-degree mark.

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“The beginning of February looks like it could be a little closer to normal, but when we look back, I think the whole winter will have been milder than normal,” he said, adding that this El Nino cycle isn’t a “record-strong” one.

“There’s always variability in seasonal weather,” he said. “We’ve seen El Nino winters before and we will continue to see mild winters going forward.”

While the weather outlook does look generally mild for the rest of the winter, MacDonald admitted that such long-range forecasts should be taken with a grain of salt.

“We still have February and March to get through and the chance of seeing some low-elevation snow isn’t completely out of the question,” he said.