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Stretch of rainy weather coming to an end in B.C., mainly dry week ahead

Sunday, March 7th 2021, 9:15 am - The unsettled weather will finally ease up in B.C. for Monday, allowing for a much drier week ahead.

Now that the final system has moved through, the B.C. coast will start the reap the benefits of a weak ridge well offshore. Granted, it's not a very strong ridge and isn't in the ideal position to provide perfect protection for the region during the week, but it will be enough to keep the rain away and allow some sunshine to flourish. The Pacific moisture looks to fight back with some showers towards the end of the week, though. More on the lingering unsettled weather Sunday and the drier conditions ahead, below.

SUNDAY: CONDITIONS TO IMPROVE AFTER RAIN ENDS

The heaviest of the final push of rain has moved out, but lingering showers can be expected Sunday. It won't be a washout by any means, and there will be peaks of sunshine through the evening before the system departs by the overnight hours.

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Additional rainfall amounts will be quite light and scattered in nature. The heaviest will be confined to western Vancouver Island, where a further 10-20 mm could fall in some spots, while most of the Lower Mainland is forecast to just pick up an extra 5 mm Sunday.

BCRain

Winds will be blustery through the day Sunday, with gusts reaching 40-60 km/h for Vancouver Island and parts of Lower Mainland. They will gradually ease through the evening hours.

Freezing levels will be high enough that the system's snow potential will be largely confined to the higher elevations through Sunday.

MONDAY AND BEYOND: MOSTLY DRY WEEK WITH SEASONAL TEMPERATURES

Beyond the weekend, conditions will finally change for the second week of March. The parade of lows will be interrupted by a developing ridge well offshore.

BCPRESSURE

The ridge is too weak and distant to provide endless amount of sunshine, but will be sufficient enough to provide a dry week with seasonal temperatures. While there are major storms are in sight, unsettled weather could return by late week, with the chance of showers Thursday and Friday.

Be sure to check back for the latest weather patterns across B.C.

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