While locals probably won't need to pack a snorkel with them this week, Vancouver isn't expected to see any sunshine until the weekend.
Environment Canada calls for several dreary days this week, starting on Monday (Jan. 23) when the forecast calls for a 40 per cent chance of periods of drizzle or rain with a high of 5 C and a low of 3 C overnight. Tuesday's forecast also includes a 40 per cent chance of drizzle and similar temperatures.
Wednesday is also expected to be a dreary day, with a 30 per cent chance of drizzle during the day and a high of 7 C. However, skies are expected to be clear overnight.
The clear skies aren't expected to last long, with Thursday's forecast calling for periods of rain throughout the day. Friday is also expected to be wet during the day with skies clearing overnight.
Locals looking for some dry weather may have a sunny reprieve over the weekend. That said, precipitation is difficult to forecast several days in advance.
Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast
While Environment Canada's models can estimate general patterns in the long-term Metro Vancouver weather forecast, weather anomalies, such as Arctic air, can only be predicted about seven to 10 days out.
But this doesn't mean that the region couldn't see another cold spell in February -- or even in March. That said, the possibility of ultra-cold temperatures lessens heading into March, as longer days warm temperatures up.