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'Strong, gusty winds' expected across Metro Vancouver Wednesday

Hold onto your hats!
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Vancouver regarding high winds. Getty Images

A special weather statement is in effect for Metro Vancouver, as strong winds sweep across the region Wednesday.

Environment Canada cautioned Tuesday the lower mainland was due to welcome a cold front overnight, bringing with it strong, westerly winds of 50 to 70 km/h near the water and 30 to 50 km/h more inland.

Today, communities across the region will experience "strong, gusty winds," says the national weather agency, cautioning those gusts "may toss small loose objects, or cause small tree branches to break."

The winds are expected to be strongest near the Strait of Georgia, and will likely persist through the afternoon and ease tonight.

The special weather statement applies to the following Metro Vancouver areas:

  • Central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Southwest including Richmond and Delta

Wednesday's forecast for Metro Vancouver calls for mainly sunny skies and a high of 17 C.

With files from Brendan Kergin