Temperatures in much of British Columbia are expected to be cooler than normal and colder than normal through most of next week, meteorologists said.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said “changes in weather patterns” beginning later this weekend will begin to bring “much lower temperatures” to the province.
“Recently, we’ve been in a west-to-southwest flow for the last few days, but as we’ve seen across the state flow north and high pressure building ridges from the north, especially to the north. It’s part of British Columbia,” ECCC meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau said Wednesday.
“It’s going to change, really…but it’s going to be cooler than normal in most places across the state.”
Communities further north will bear the brunt of the cold, Charbonneau said. Fort St. John, for example, can see temperatures as low as minus 23 degrees Celsius. That’s a significant drop from Wednesday’s forecast high of 4 degrees.
“It’s definitely going to be an area where they feel the breath of winter,” said Charbonneau.
CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaff says long-range forecasts show that next month will likely be colder than normal across most of Canada. could be set, she said.
Temperatures could drop to -10 or -20 degrees Celsius next week in the southern interior, including the Okanagan and Kootenay.
Charbonneau said areas on the south coast, including Vancouver, will also be cooler, but only “a few degrees cooler than normal.”
After an unusually hot and dry October comes the spell of winter. Warmest on record in a dozen communities statewide.
“This is definitely an extreme drop,” said Charbonneau.
“It’s been warm these past few days, but it’s going to be cold again. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, stay warm, and be careful if you’re outside.”