Ready for some sizzling summer weather?
While the May long weekend left something to be desired, the Vancouver weather forecast calls for a great deal of sunshine and soaring temperatures next week.
Environment Canada Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon told Vancouver Is Awesome that next week's temperatures will likely be the hottest of the year so far. However, they aren't totally unheard of for this time of year.
A ridge of high-pressure building this weekend will boost temperatures in the Lower Mainland, Sekhon explained. Temperatures will begin to feel hotter by Sunday (May 30) and build over the next couple of days, peaking on Tuesday.
"They're about 5°C to 10°C above average for this time of year," he noted.
While these temperatures will be above average, Sekhon added that they aren't "entirely unseasonal." Once temperatures rise 10°C above average, then they would be considered more unusual.
"Later next week getting into Thursday, Friday we start to see more moderate temperatures; they start to come down a bit closer to average for this time of year," he said.
The forecast is calling for temperatures to soar up to 28°C inland on Tuesday (June 1) with temperatures on the coast reaching 24°C.
Sekhon added that the UV levels will be particularly high between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. during the day. "If you are going to be out, put on some sunscreen, put on a hat or just avoid that period and take advantage of the mornings and evenings."
Early Metro Vancouver summer weather forecast
Environment Canada provided an early summer weather forecast for Metro Vancouver that calls for warmer temperatures overall.
Meteorological summer commences on June 1, which is when the federal forecaster will release the official 2021 seasonal weather forecast for B.C. However, some models give an early indication that the region will see warmer weather this year.
Meteorologist Doug Lundquist told Vancouver Is Awesome in a previous interview that he feels most of B.C. will see above-average temperatures for June, July and August.