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Environment Canada releases full summer 2021 forecast for Vancouver

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Environment Canada Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon said that the summer 2021 forecast looks warmer than average in Metro Vancouver. Photo: English bay / Getty Images

Looking forward to spending some time at the beach, in the woods or going on hikes?

While it's difficult to know how much rain Metro Vancouver will see this summer, Canada's national weather forecaster says the region will likely see above-average temperatures. 

Environment Canada Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon told Vancouver Is Awesome that the 2021 summer forecast looks warmer than average. 

"It looks like we have a pretty decent chance of getting above-average temperatures this summer," he said. "The likelihood is looking pretty good."

And just how much warmer will it be?

"How much above average is unknown but this is what the seasonal models are showing," he said.

Sekhon added that there's a high degree of uncertainty in seasonal forecasts the "further out you are" but giving a "probabilistic sense" gives a better idea of the trend we can expect. "We like to talk about trends more than the numbers themselves."

Following a warm stretch this week, Vancouver's temperatures will be slightly cooler this weekend. However, temperatures are expected to "bottom out on Sunday (June 6)" and "trend warmer" in the latter part of next week, Sekhon explained. 

While Vancouver just had its third-driest May on record, there's still an opportunity for the region to see some precipitation in June. Sekhon said July and August are historically the hottest and driest months in the city, but June typically sees only slightly less rain than May. 

"Just because we've had a dry spring we could still get some moisture in June to help with the precipitation deficit," he said.