A special weather statement is in effect for the Lower Mainland as the Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for a cold and blustery week ahead.
Environment Canada notes that the region will see a transition to colder conditions as arctic air reaches the coast by Wednesday night. The forecast notes that most coastal communities will see temperatures drop below the freezing mark, and that blustery outflow winds will yield cold wind chill values.
Arctic air will deepen as the week continues, and wind chill values are expected to dip down to -5 to -10.
The special weather statement is in effect for:
- Metro Vancouver - central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver - North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver - northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver - southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver - southwest including Richmond and Delta
People working and spending time outside are reminded to dress warmly and in layers, preferably with a wind-resistant outer layer. Travellers are encouraged to add winter emergency kits to their vehicles which include a blanket, extra clothes and boots.