Spring is about to make a strong resurgence across the western half of the country, with British Columbia leading the way toward some summer-like temperatures this week, and if it seems like only yesterday it was snowing in parts of Alberta, that’s because it was, but a huge change is on the horizon for the Prairie provinces.
There will be dry spell, warming trend continues for B.C. this week along with high temperatures edging toward 30 degrees by late week.
Warmth spills back into Prairies as the week goes on and 20 degree jumps in high temperature expected for some.
However, due to a wet first half of the month, the city still finished up April with slightly above average rainfall, but now the South Coast is in the grips of another dry streak, with no rain reported in the city since April 23, and that’s not a pattern that’s set to change in at least the next week.
A ridge of high-pressure building into the coast this week means the chances for rain are slim in the near future as Pacific systems divert to the north and south.
Amid clear, dry conditions, temperatures will be on a steady climb through much of the week, particularly for southern B.C., where highs approaching the 30-degree mark aren’t out of the question for the late week — well above average for this time of year, and more suited to late June.
The warmth and dry conditions though raises summer-like temperatures blast into western Canada this week concerns for the province’s wildfire season. The current fire danger rating, issued by National Resources Canada, already lists high to very high ratings for parts of the Interior and Vancouver Island.