Rain in this week’s forecast could wash away Vancouver’s smoky skies


Relief could be in sight for smoke-choked Vancouver with the chance of rain appearing as soon as Thursday in this week’s weather forecast.

Rain in Vancouver/Shutterstock

Environment Canada says there’s a 30% chance of showers Thursday evening, with increasing likelihood for rain to come over the weekend. Local Meteorologist Russ Lacate also noted on Twitter that “fresher air” was due to return Thursday through Saturday thanks to showers.

While that’s sure to put a damper on summery plans for this last weekend in August, it could be a gift from the skies for firefighters in the region, as well as a clearing force in our smoky skies.

Environment Canada

Currently Metro Vancouver is under an Air Quality advisory due to the proliferation of wildfire smoke from the hundreds of burn spots across the province.

Monday, The Weather Network decried we had “the worst air quality on the PLANET” in B.C. due to the smoke. They’re also calling for possible rain later this week and into the weekend.

The Weather Network

Although we do love to complain about rain here in Raincouver, and our warm summer weekends are almost done, the rain could prove a most welcome return to our weather, all things considered.


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom