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Vancouver's hot and dry week

Jill Colton, staff writer

August 3, 2011 — Vancouverites have a lot to boast about when it comes to their city -- breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife and a great hockey team. And as of late, they can even gloat about the weather.

Dawn in Deep Cove.
Dawn in Deep Cove.

Vancouverites can usually be found toting around their umbrellas. But that hasn't been the case for the past week.

“High pressure in the Pacific is keeping systems from hitting the south coast,” explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

Unlike other parts of the province -- “where more trending has been taking place in the central and northern regions.” In fact, rain has inundated parts of these areas, even resulting in flooding.

Although conditions haven't been abnormal for this time of year, there's no mistaking its been consistently dry and warm.

Temperatures have been steadily hovering around the mid twenties, with the odd bout of humidity.

“Thursday could feel closer to 29, which is the first time this year there will be a humidex,” says Brian Dillon, another meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

The attractive conditions stretched as far back as the August long weekend. British Columbia Day saw many residents enjoying a stroll along the Seawall or visiting the beach taking advantage of the favourable weather.

Overlooking the scenery from the Seawall.
Overlooking the scenery from the Seawall.

However it hasn't always been this nice. In fact, July was quite the 'bummer of a summer' for residents.

“It was awful, it was cold, it was like November -- it could have been a lot warmer,” said one resident to The Weather Network.

The transition from spring to summer was a major one.

April, May and June were all below seasonal months and April and May were wetter than normal,” says Ressler.

On average, temperatures on the south coast were three and a half degrees colder than normal. Vancouver has also had 120 per cent above-average rainfall during the spring months.

This had a serious impact on businesses in the area, including Vancouver's east side urban farm project, SoleFood and Southlands Nursery.

In contrast, July 2010 was unusually dry and hot for the city, with only 1 mm of rain recorded at one point during the month. The conditions helped set the stage for a rash of devastating fires in the Interior.

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