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Sunny, dry weather in BC

A sunny day at Cole Harbour. Photo: courtesy Jenny Ebers
A sunny day at Cole Harbour. Photo: courtesy Jenny Ebers

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

September 30, 2010 — After a September filled with grey skies and near-record rainfall, the month is ending on a dry and sunny note throughout much of British Columbia.

Golfers hit the links near Chilliwack on Wednesday
Golfers hit the links near Chilliwack on Wednesday

It's the type of weather British Columbians saw a lot of in July and August, but little of in September.

The skies are clear, the sun is shining and temperatures are above seasonal. It's also dry across the province, and it will remain that way through the weekend.

“We have a strong ridge in the west and an area of high pressure keeping things dry and mild,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “In many cases, temperatures will be above seasonal through to Sunday.”

Communities in the southern Interior could see temperatures soar into the upper twenties on Thursday. Abbotsford is expected to reach a daytime high of 27°C, but it will be feeling like 29.

On Wednesday, the summer-like conditions in Cultus Lake, near Chilliwack, had many people out on the links. Most agreed that the weather couldn't have been better for a game of golf.

Vancouver's near-record September rainfall
Vancouver's near-record September rainfall

“I can't think of doing anything else! It's perfect,” said one man on the links. “The sun's out, the golfers are great, you know, everybody's friendly. Who wouldn't be friendly on a day like this?”

“We've had a lot of rain the last week or so, so this is quite nice,” said another.

Vancouver was soaked with 166.4 mm of rain this month and was only 3 mm away from breaking its all-time monthly record for September. The central coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island also saw severe amounts of rain in September. More than 275 mm fell in Port Hardy and well over 300 mm fell in Bella Bella. That was enough to trigger damaging floods in both communities. Heavy rain in the interior also left some vineyards covered in mildew.

“We're expecting mainly dry conditions over the next couple of days, which is good news for the regions looking to dry out,” says Dillon. “Unsettled weather is forecast to return to the coast on Monday.”

To stay up-to-date on the current weather in your area, head to our British Columbia Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV. Our National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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