Vancouver could receive up to 100 mm of rainfall by the weekend

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The Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for a long stretch of wet weather to continue through the weekend and into next week.

Last week, Vancouver temperatures dipped below zero degrees – something that very rarely happens in the first two weeks of October. In fact, Oct. 10 dipped to a chilly -0.7°C, which made it the coldest Oct. 10 on record since the records began in 1897.

Starting on Oct. 16, the forecast calls a far milder low of 10°C. However, with the cloudy, warm night comes a 60 per cent chance of rainfall. What’s more, this wet weather pattern is expected to continue every day this week.

Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Doug Lundquist, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Environment Canada, who explained how this weather pattern measures up to average October precipitation levels.

“This is actually quite common for this time of year,” explains Lundquist. “We see an average over 121 mm of rainfall in October. As of Oct. 15, we’ve received 31 mm, so we haven’t received even half of the average for the month.”

Lundquist adds that the stormy weather pattern may produce wind events, and the forecast currently calls for strong, windy periods on Wednesday and Thursday. However, he notes that it is difficult to know exactly when these events will occur and how powerful they will be.

“We could expect between 50 and 100 mm of rainfall by the end of the weekend,” he forecasts. “And rain is expected to continue after that.”

And while this week looks significantly dreary, he remarks that it isn’t unusual for this time of year. Of course, if the wet pattern continues, than the month could see higher than average levels of precipitation.

Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast 

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Photo: Environment Canada

If you felt like fall came unseasonably early in the Lower Mainland, you aren’t alone.

Not only have there been many dreary, rainy days, but there have also been a number of downpours. Vancouverites witnessed an intense downpour around 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 that caused flash flooding in parts of the city. As a matter of fact, Vancouver received over twice the average rainfall for September.