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It's been a much drier summer than usual, even with the rain that's on its way.

Vancouver to end long rainless streak

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 1:20 PM - It's been a dry, dry summer so far in Vancouver, even by the city's famously balmy standards.

That'll change tonight, according to Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.

"Overnight into Wednesday, they start seeing rain showers," she said Tuesday.

As far as amounts go, it'll just be a few millimetres Tuesday night, and around 5 mm total on Wednesday.

"It's not much for them, but then, it's been very dry so far this summer," Sonnenburg says.

In the interior, Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm watches a little after 10 a.m. PDT Tuesday.

"Thunderstorms developing over Washington State are expected to move into the B.C. southwestern interior late this afternoon and may become severe," Environment Canada says. "Wind gusts to 70 km/h and rainfall amounts up to 15 mm in a short period of time could produce localized flooding."

As for the south coast, Vancouver has not had so much as a millimetre of rain since July 24. In fact, the city received less than half its seasonal average rainfall last month, and was below in June as well.

The interior of B.C. has had more luck, but it's also been drier than normal on average, with most rainfall coming in brief bursts during thunderstorms.

As far as heat goes, B.C. as a whole has hosted the national hot spot many times this summer, with Interior temperatures creeping even into the low 40s on more than one occasion.

In fact, Lytton, B.C., held that crown with 40.1oC just yesterday, and several other communities set heat records on Monday.

In Vancouver, the next seven days will see temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s, feeling like the high 20s with the humidity.

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