Stormcast: Environment Canada calling for a risk of thunderstorm in Vancouver


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While the Lower Mainland woke up to warm sunshine and clear skies on Thursday, June 6, Environment Canada is calling for tempestuous weather to come.

Indeed, the Metro Vancouver weather forecast is calling for a risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon on Thursday, as well as a 40 per cent chance of showers. What’s more, the forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorm in the evening, too.

Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Doug Lundquist, Meteorologist, Environment Canada, who explained what the likelihood of a major storm was in the City of Vancouver.

“When we say there’s a 40 per cent chance of showers, that means that the likelihood of a thunderstorm is even lower,” he describes. “Further, these storms are far less likely to occur closer to the water than they are in higher elevations or further inland.”

Lundquist also notes, however, that storm events take place more frequently in the springtime.

“With that in mind, it is more common that the North Shore Mountains would see a thunderstorm event, than, say, Richmond or Tsawwassen. With that being said, we can see that there are a good number of cells approaching Tofino on the satellite imagery. As such, there’s a chance we could see a storm in the City of Vancouver – but it is only a possibility at this time.”

Lunderquist observed the movement on Thursday, June 6 at 10:10 a.m., and underscores that this pattern may change as the day progresses.

Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast

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On Thursday, May 9 15 weather records were broken across the province and Squamish reached a sizzling high of 29.5°C. On the following day, Friday, May 10, a whopping 26 weather records were broken across B.C. and Pitt Meadows reached a toasty high of 29.3°C.

Environment Canada has also stated that the presence of a weak El Niño will affect temperatures heading into summer. As such, the department expects that the province will see above average temperatures this summer.