Waves of wet weather will continue to roll over coastal B.C. this week.
On Sunday, a strong frontal system hammered northwestern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast with gusting winds. Port Hardy saw gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour, Herbert Island recorded a gust of 119 km/h and Solander Island nature preserve recorded a gust of 137 km/h, making it the windiest place in Canada Sunday.
The winds tapered later on Sunday as the system pushed further inland, but soaking rains persisted through the overnight hours, depositing 26 mm on Comox and 30 mm on Squamish.
According to Environment Canada, another system is hot on that one's heels. Strong southeasterly winds of 70 to 100 kilometres per hour are expected to develop over northern Vancouver Island, the central coast and Haida Gwaii Monday evening, but ease off again overnight.
Coastal areas, including metro Vancouver and Victoria, could see 50 to 70 mm of rain by the time all is said and done.
Wet weather is the normal spring pattern for southern British Columbia. The region is also prone to damaging winds, says Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network -- “But this is a bit of a stronger system, even for B.C.,” she adds.
The region can expect to dry out somewhat in time for St. Patrick's Day on Thursday.