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Environment Canada issues special weather statement for B.C. south coast, sunny weekend ahead

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 AM -

On Thursday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for B.C.'s south coast, warning of sunny conditions with "temperatures 3 to 5 degrees above seasonal" this coming weekend.

While we see a lot of weather bulletins here at The Weather Network, this one left some of us scratching our heads.

After all, EC typically reserves its statements for storms.

"It's actually not that strange, when you think about it," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.


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"Special weather statements have been designed to alert the public about a unique type of weather phenomenon that may not meet warning criteria, which is reserved for impactful storms."

Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon says EC may have been prompted to issue the statement due to all the rain the province has been seeing.

"In March, Vancouver normally sees 112 mm of rain -- but this year, the city got 160 millimetres. April typically brings about 80 mm of rain. So far, 29 mm has fallen," he says.

You aren't likely to see "sunny weather statements" issued in other provinces -- although Vaswani says they do pop up in Quebec from time to time.

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