Mid-May 2023 is turning out to be a hot one.
Temperatures this week are expected to be 8 to 10 C hotter than usual, according to Environment Canada. This is coming on the heels of a summery weekend.
Monday, May 15, is currently forecast to be the hottest day of the week, with a peak heat of 26 C. This is 10 degrees above the normal of 16 C at this time of year. And in some parts of the city away from the shore, it'll get even hotter, with a potential high of 33 C in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. On top of that, the humidex may make it feel as hot as 36 C.
"Daytime highs will be 10 to 15 degrees C above seasonal values while overnight lows will be 5 to 10 degrees above what is normally experienced this time of year," states a special weather statement from Environment Canada.
As expected with a day that warm, there will only be a few clouds in the sky, with the sun beating down on the city most of the time.
At night it's expected to cool down a bit, but only to 15 C, which is just below the normal high for this time of year.
While Monday will be the hottest day of the week, don't expect it to really cool down throughout the week.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be similar, with a mix of sun and cloud and highs of 24 C near the shore and 29 C inland. At night it still won't get that cool, with lows of 14 C.
Friday and the weekend Metro Vancouver may see the slightest of cool downs, with highs of 23 C, but with sunny days still expected, it likely won't feel much cooler.
Environment Canada notes that while precautions against the heat are still necessary, it's not as bad as a couple years ago.
"While the developing heat may result in daily temperature records being broken, it must be emphasized that the expected hot conditions will not approach those reached during the 'Heat Dome' of late June 2021," states the federal agency.