It's been a 'bummer of a summer' in Vancouver so far this year, according to some people living in the city. And there isn't much of an improvement in the short-range forecast.
“We've been dealing with low clouds, heavy rain and dreary conditions lately,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Conditions will improve in Vancouver through Sunday, but steadier rain will return next week.”
Normally, the city gets about 39 mm of rain in July. Already, more than 28 mm has fallen this month. And in northern British Columbia, a parade of low pressure systems has triggered river flooding.
In Vancouver, temperatures have also been at or below seasonal most days.
“Normally, we'd be seeing daytime highs in the low to mid twenties at this time of year,” explains Dillon.
Last year, there were 30 days of temperatures over 20°C, and 5 days above 25°C in Vancouver. This year, there have only been 13 days above 20°C, and 2 days above 25°C.
BC's 'bummer summer' came on the heels of a cold, wet spring. Dillon says La Nina is to blame for this year's weather.
“The summers of 2009 and 2010 were warm on the coast, due to El Nino. But this year, La Nina brought a warmer winter and now, unfortunately, a less than ideal summer.”
For a closer look at the weather conditions you can expect going into next week, be sure to check your local forecast.