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Rainy pattern sets up for B.C.


Umbrellas will definitely be needed this week in Vancouver
Umbrellas will definitely be needed this week in Vancouver

Matt Casey, staff writer

March 8, 2011 — Keep the umbrella handy in Vancouver. Rain will be a mainstay in the forecast for the next while.

It's going to be a soggy week in many parts of British Columbia
It's going to be a soggy week in many parts of British Columbia

Vancouver is a city that is used to seeing its fair share of rainfall, but after a bit of a break without significant amounts of it, the wet weather is moving back in. A large system is moving into the area bringing with it heavy rain. Metro Vancouver could see up to 30 mm by Wednesday morning.

The wet weather looks to linger for pretty much all of the work week as a low after low pattern is sets up over the region.

“Essentially what we're seeing is a southwesterley flow of air. It's bringing in a lot of subtropical moisture,” explains Mark Robinson, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. Robinson says that low pressure systems will continue to ride the jet stream like a conveyor belt and move into the area.

The Weather Network's Spring 2011 outlook is available. It looks like Vancouver could see above normal precipitation this season. The strong La Nina pattern this year will help to usher in more moisture over the south coastal regions of the province.

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