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Goodbye, sun: Vancouver could receive more rainfall this week than in all of March

The Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for a great deal of rainfall this week after a long stretch of bright sunshine and warm temperatures.
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The Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for a great deal of rainfall this week after a long stretch of bright sunshine and warm temperatures.

In fact, last month was Metro Vancouver's fifth driest March on record. Now, the forecast calls for rainfall to start on Tuesday night and carry on into next week.

Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Carmen Hart, Meteorologist, Environment Canada, who explained how much rainfall the Lower Mainland should expect in the coming days.

"March was an extremely dry month across the province, and Metro Vancouver only received eight days of rainfall; the region usually sees around 17.8 days of rain. In addition, the average rainfall for Vancouver is around 113.9 mm - it only received 31.7 mm last month, which is less than a third," she described.

"Last month was Vancouver's fifth driest March on record, and those records go back to 1937. Three cities in the province also set records for their driest March ever: Victoria, Comox and Fort St.John."

Hart also explained that Vancouver's dry spell was coming to an end this week, and that the region may receive more rainfall in the coming week than in the entirety of March.

"North Vancouver and West Vancouver typically see greater amounts of rainfall than the rest of the region. With that being said, the forecast calls for rainfall every day of the coming week across the city."

Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast

 Environment Canada

On Wednesday, March 20, a jaw-dropping 48 weather records were broken across B.C. What’s more, some areas saw soaring highs of nearly 26°C.

For example, the Agassiz Area broke its old record of 21.7°C set in 1915 with a summery high of 25.8°C. Likewise, the Squamish Area broke its old record of 21°C set in 1999 with a toasty 25.9°C daily high.