Monday, September 16th 2019, 7:00 pm - Fall is off to an early start in British Columbia.
It's not quite fall, but the B.C. weather has been doing a good impression of the season ahead, and this last week of summer will be no exception. Another major upper-level low pressure system swings into the coast for the early part of the week, bringing additional rain on the heels of a soggy weekend for the South Coast and Vancouver Island.
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Systems that would have looked more at home in the heart of fall have already pushed rainfall totals for parts of coastal British Columbia close to -- and even above, in some spots -- the average total rainfall for September. And those totals will get a further boost this week as another system sweeps in for Tuesday.
SOGGY START TO THE WEEK
The next hefty helping of rain arrives hot on the heels of the last, as a low pressure system dives down the coast Tuesday morning.
An additional 30 to 50 mm of rain is expected from this system for western Vancouver Island and along the Coast Mountains, with lesser amounts for Vancouver and Victoria.
With that said, Vancouver has already topped its average September rainfall in just the first half of the month, recording 50.4 mm of rain through September 15. The usual total for the month is around 50 mm. Just up the coast in Squamish, September is poised to go down in the books as an unusually-wet month. The city has already seen more than 117 mm this month; the September average is just 75.5.
Gusty winds are also expected as the low dips south along the coast, and while some ferry delays are possible on Tuesday, winds for the Strait of Georgia aren't expected to be too bad (at least by stormy B.C. standards).
The region will get a chance to dry out for the rest of the week as high pressure over the Pacific briefly interupts the flow of systems from the Gulf of Alaska. Unfortunately, it looks like the last weekend of summer may be another washout for many with another potent system set to arrive on Saturday.