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'Above-average': Environment Canada releases Metro Vancouver summer forecast

"We've already had a warm May and we expect that to continue."
The Environment Canada Metro Vancouver weather forecast for summer 2023 includes more hot and sunny weather.

Metro Vancouver sun-seekers will get to enjoy another week of above-average temperatures and sunshine. But experts warn that dry, hot weather could create dangerous conditions across the province. 

Before meteorological summer kicks off on June 1, locals will get to enjoy a "typical summer forecast" through the final weekend of May. Temperatures will feel toasty Friday (May 26) with highs expected to feel more like 25 C on the coast and 30 C inland with humidity, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Matt Loney.

And while the official summer forecast isn't released until June 1, the national weather forecaster expects the next month will see above-average temperatures and near- or below-precipitation on the coast.

Many locals look forward to beach days with blue-bird skies but below-average June precipitation could create dangerous conditions following a parched May, Loney warned. 

"Given the precipitation deficit we've seen in May if we don't have more in June we will have elevated risk," he said.

Metro Vancouver weather forecast doesn't include "Juneuary" trend

Often referred to as "Juneuary," the first month of summer in the Lower Mainland often sees powerful rainstorms and cold spells.

But Environment Canada's models show that May's above-average temperatures will likely continue through June. In fact, these conditions are expected to persist through to the end of summer, too. 

"We've already had a warm May and we expect that to continue," Loney said, noting that that the department hasn't observed any major storms developing for next month.

"You typically can see the large-scale pattern developing," he added.

"We are seeing a continuation of what we've seen."

While Mother's Day's (May 14) toasty temperatures didn't break the City of Vancouver's 25.6 C record, 33 records were broken across the province, including a few in the Lower Mainland. 

In Abbotsford, the soaring 33.6 C daytime broke the previous record of 33.3 C, which was set in 1912. West Vancouver's 31.7 C high surpassed its previous record of 27.6, which was set in 2018, and in White Rock, the 26.1 C record set in 1939 was broken by its 29.1 C daytime high.