Have you been struggling to develop a tan lately?
Metro Vancouverites hoping for a sunny change of pace may be in luck by next week, according to Environment Canada.
Starting on Wednesday (July 6), however, locals will likely have to contend with some gloomy weather, although the forecast doesn't include a great deal of precipitation. Instead, the next few days offer a few opportunities for showers with warm daily highs around 20 C and lows dipping down around 15 C.
But the national weather forecaster calls for a sunny change of pace over the weekend — and the dry trend is expected to continue through next week.
Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan told Vancouver Is Awesome that June was the coolest month of the department's original summer forecast, which was released on June 1.
Temperatures were "fairly consistent cool" from April through June. But June wasn't notably wet across Metro Vancouver, although there may have been more cloudy, dreary days.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR), for example, saw 69.7 mm of precipitation, which is 130 per cent of its monthly average of 53.8 mm. At Vancouver Harbour, however, there was 68.2 mm of precipitation, which was slightly less than the 70 mm average, Castellan explained.
June had some significant wet weather events but there were also some periods of warmer, dry periods. July has seen a couple of wet days to kick off the start of the month, such as 9.7 mm at YVR on July 3, but the showery spells are expected to dry up heading into the weekend.
"The signal this weekend onward sees no precipitation with the potential for showers," he said, adding that the rest of the summer will likely see above-average temperatures.
Environment Canada has the most confidence that mid-July through mid-august will see above-average temperatures in the region and across Canada, noted Castellan.
"It's a very strong signal."