Special weather forecasts are widespread throughout the south coast of BC, and this time not for the rain, but rather for a stretch of warm weather – the first summer for the region. Saturday you will notice the warmer temperatures, but Sunday is the first day where temperatures run into the lower 30s across inner sections. However, the coming heat can have complications of the ongoing flood threat as the freezing point increases throughout this event, leading to an increase in snowmelt and snowpack instability. For more details, read on.
THIS WEEKEND: THE SOUTH COAST SEES ITS FIRST TASTE OF SUMMER WHEN TEMPERATURES RISE
An offshore current will allow temperatures to reach the mid to upper 20s along the south coast, possibly reaching the 30-degree mark for downtown Vancouver, and at least down to the mid-30s for some inland locations, including Fraser and the Okanogan Valleys.
Be warned though, as the incoming heat may have some negatives consequences for the ongoing flood threat in the province.
The sudden rise in temperatures could accelerate snowmelt, which has been delayed, potentially leading to flooding in parts of the province, similar to what Kelowna saw this month. Numerous flood guards and high flow advice are in place.
Temperatures will remain warm through the beginning of next week, but keep in mind that this heat does not look like anything the heating dome in 2021.
In fact, the morning temperatures in June last year were significantly warmer and more humid than our weather forecast for next week across the province.
Right now, Sunday and Monday are a game in terms of the hottest day of this hot event before more of an onshore current develops before Tuesday, June 28th.
With the elevated temperatures also comes the risk of heat-related diseases. Although it will be tempting to find relief in local water bodies, they remain cool at this time of year and may pose a risk of hypothermia upon prolonged exposure.
SEE BELOW: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL RISK OF FLOOD
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