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Vancouver's dry July


The beach was a popular place to visit in July
The beach was a popular place to visit in July

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

August 1, 2010 — There was less than a millimetre of rain in Vancouver in July. How long will the dry spell last?

Less than 1mm of rain has fallen in Vancouver this month
Less than 1mm of rain has fallen in Vancouver this month

It's a region in Canada that's known for its stretches of wet weather.

But this year, things have been unusually dry on the coast of BC. In fact, less than 1mm of rain has fallen in Vancouver since the start of July. Normally, the city sees about 40mm of rain throughout the month.

“High pressure has been dominating in the Pacific Ocean for weeks now,” says Weather Network meteorologist Rob Davis. “That's kept low pressure systems from washing ashore and giving the coast a drenching.”

So instead of using umbrellas for protection from the rain, people in British Columbia have been using them for protection from the sun. On average in July, temperatures sat comfortably in the 20's, and as a result, beaches in and around Vancouver were packed.

Forest fires have broken out all over the province because of the dry and hot weather
Forest fires have broken out all over the province because of the dry and hot weather

“There is still no significant rainfall in the long range forecast for the coast of BC,” says Rob Davis, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “So there's more of the same in store.”

July's hot, dry and weather has had a significant impact on the forest fire season. The risk is high to extreme in parts of the central Interior and along the coast, and lightning has been playing a large factor. Fire Information Officier Kim Steinbart says, “Each afternoon we're looking at a chance of lightning in certain areas of the province. I would say about 75 per cent of the province is extremely dry. The lightning is a concern because all it takes is any source of ignition to start a fire.”

For more details on the weather in your backyard, click our British Columbia Cities Forecast. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every ten minutes on the tens.

With files from Andrea Stockton and Jill Colton.

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