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Hot weekend across BC


Warm weather returns to the BC coast and southern Interior this weekend
Warm weather returns to the BC coast and southern Interior this weekend

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

May 10, 2012 — Spring will finally arrive in British Columbia this weekend, just in time for Mother's Day.

Warm temperatures throughout the weekend across the west coast
Warm temperatures throughout the weekend across the west coast

Calling all those who love shorts and T-shirt weather! Things are finally heating up in British Columbia. 

Temperatures will continue to soar along the coast and in the southern Interior this weekend. There will also be plenty of sunshine - just in time for Mother's Day. 

"British Columbia is going to have one of their best weekends so far this year," says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The majority of the weekend they've seen so far have been either rainy or with cooler temperatures. The next couple of days are going to be quite warm, not only just for the Coast, but the Interior as well."

Two of the the warmest areas this weekend will be Osoyoos and Lytton where temperatures will hover the 30 degree mark.

This is also the first time Vancouver is expected to top 20 degrees since September of last year. 

"Vancouver will reach a high of 21 on Sunday," says Gerald Cheng, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "It's the warmest weather they've seen all year."

"This will be the first weekend of the year with truly warm, almost summer-like weather for most of southern BC," says Chris Scott, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "While it will be slightly cooler near the water, the Lower Mainland will see warm temperatures more typical of a late June weekend."

And that means residents will surely be seeking out beachfronts and patios. 

In the Interior, conditions are expected to feel even more like summer than spring. Temperatures are expected to go over the 30 degree mark in several regions. 

Kimberley, BC was flooded earlier this spring
Kimberley, BC was flooded earlier this spring

"You could almost call it 'hot' in the Okanagan and Fraser Canyon," adds Scott. "Temperatures could get close to 30 degrees Sunday."  

There could, however, be a downside to the warm spell. Homeowners living along creeks and streams in southern B.C.
are being warned to prepare now for what could be the next round of spring flooding. Melting snowpack in the mountains could cause rivers and streams to run higher than normal. 

Residents living in areas already affected by flooding this year are advised to prepare for a possible repeat leading into next week. 

For a closer look at the weather forecast, check the BC Cities Index on our website. 

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