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Conditions to improve in B.C. with a blast of summer-like warmth looming

Saturday, September 26th 2020, 8:26 am - The extended period of drenching rains is mostly at an end, and early next week marks the beginning of a summer-like warmup.

The prolonged stretch of soaking rains will finally come to an end for the southern areas of B.C. Saturday night, making way for a needed drying-out period with a shot of summer-like warmth just around the corner. The alpine snow will also finally ease off Saturday, with freezing levels currently at 1700 metres. However, northern coastal areas will still be dealing with rain through the rest of this weekend. A pattern change will be a period of drier, much warmer weather into the province for next week. Details and timing, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rain for coastal areas Saturday, easing off in southern areas by the overnight hours
  • Rain continues along northern coast Sunday; 80-100 km/h wind gusts
  • Pattern reversal next week, with extended period of warmer, drier weather

WEEKEND AND BEYOND: RAINY START, WARMER DAYS AHEAD

Saturday will be the final day of the extremely wet period for most of B.C., as the low responsible for the soaking rains will finally lift north, bringing the precipitation with it.

Lingering showers should move out of the South Coast and Interior by the overnight hours, leaving behind some fog early Sunday morning and fair skies for the remainder of the day. However, rain will continue Sunday for the northern coastal areas before tapering off Monday.

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While freezing levels will be around 1700 metres Saturday, the alpine snow is also expected to end by the overnight hours.

Winds will pick up Sunday, shifting to a southwesterly direction behind a warm front and ahead of a cold front -- with gusts of 80-100 km/h across the north and central coast.

A building ridge of high pressure moving into the southern part of the province Sunday will not only keep precipitation out, but will also usher in a pattern reversal that will see a warming trend for next week.

By early next week, temperatures will be very definitely summer-like, continuing through the first week of October. Temperatures will climb into the mid- to upper-20s, which may break records in some locales.

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"However, it appears that we should see a transition back to a more autumnal pattern -- cooler and wetter -- during the second week of October," Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham says.

Check back regularly for updates as we continue to monitor the forecast.

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