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Here comes the sun: It's expected to get as warm as 21 C in Metro Vancouver

Spring is "unofficially" kicking off in the region.

The Lower Mainland could see temperatures exceed ones previously expected in the region. 

Metro Vancouverites will enjoy the first stretch of sunny, summer-like weather following a couple of bouts of late snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.

An unstable air mass cleared from the region on Tuesday, March 12, allowing temperatures to climb to double-digit highs. While there was a light smattering of showers in the morning, most cities experienced bluebird skies in the early afternoon. 

V.I.A.'s Downtown Centre Weatherhood station in Vancouver shows that temperatures will likely fall from 12 C to 6 C. While Wednesday is also expected to experience bright sunshine, temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler, reaching a high of 9 C and a low of 5 C. 

Other parts of the city have similar outlooks, with New Westminster expected to have a high of 12 C with a low of 5 C on Tuesday and a high of 9 C with a low of 5 C on Wednesday. 

Port Coquitlam should see slightly cooler temperatures, with a high of 8 C and a low of 4 C expected on Tuesday. Wednesday is expected to reach a high of 7 C with the low dropping to just a couple of degrees above the freezing mark. 

Metro Vancouver weather forecast 

Temperatures are expected to continue increasing past the mid-way point of the week, climbing a couple of degrees Thursday across the city. 

Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan told V.I.A. in a previous interview that "widespread sunny warm spread" will mark the "unofficial kick-off to spring," with temperatures soaring multiple degrees above seasonal averages. 

Temperatures in the mid to late teens are expected to continue through the week, reaching at least 16 C or 17 C.

Over the weekend, temperatures in downtown Vancouver may climb as high as 19 C while inland temperatures in other cities may reach as high as 21 C. 

Temperatures are expected to drop slightly next week but the warm, sunny weather should continue for at least a couple of days.

While temperatures will be significantly above the seasonal average (just over 10 C), they will have to soar quite high to break records. For example, late March has seen temperatures climb as high as 19.4 C, Castellan described.

Environment Canada expects April and May will be warmer than average, meaning that more heat may be possible in the weeks to come.

Stay up-to-date with hyperlocal forecasts across 50 neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland with V.I.A.'s Weatherhood.