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'Someone slap me if I ever complain about the rain': Vancouverites rejoice over city's first rainfall in weeks

Do you think people will start complaining about wet weather again soon?
A photo shows drastically improved air conditions in Vancouver following the first rainfall in weeks.

Locals rejoiced at the sight of rainfall Friday morning, following weeks of bone-dry conditions in Metro Vancouver. 

While the showers were relatively light across the region, the precipitation offered a welcome respite from poor air quality caused by wildfires burning across B.C. and south of the border. 

Metro Vancouver ended its air quality advisory Friday (Oct. 21) morning, which was issued on Oct. 14 due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. 

As of noon on Thursday, Vancouver had the fourth-worst air quality of any city in the world (165 on the US Air Quality Index). On Oct. 17, it was estimated that breathing the air for a day in parts of the Lower Mainland was akin to smoking five cigarettes.

While the sunshine is expected to return over the weekend, the forecast includes more wet weather starting Sunday night and through the rest of next week. 

Locals express joy for improved air conditions

People took to social media early Friday to share enthusiasm for the welcomed rainfall and improved air conditions. 

The significant change in weather even inspired one local to pen some poetry.

One woman mentioned that most Vancouverites' appreciation for the rainfall probably won't last that long, however.

But a couple of people pointed out that there wasn't a great deal of precipitation Friday. 

Looking ahead in the Metro Vancouver weather forecast 

In a recent update, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) called for a 75 per cent chance that La Niña will be present this winter and won't change to a "neutral" weather pattern until about February.

La Niña's impact on southern B.C. doesn't start to show until the late fall or early winter. But it does tend to produce cooler than normal conditions and snowier conditions over the mountains. 

Find out what kind of impact the third consecutive La Niña system could have on Metro Vancouver.