Late week heat will rise to BC as the ridge dominates the west coast

We could only escape the heat for a limited time.

A pattern change arriving on the West Coast will force a ridge to build over British Columbia over the next week, bringing an extended period of very dry and unseasonably warm weather to the region.

It’s not out of the question that someone in the province will reach Canada’s first 30-degree temperature of the year this time next weekend.

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BC entered April with most of the province experiencing abnormally dry or complete drought. The next drought monitor update, expected in a few days, will likely reflect that the shortage continues for many communities.

A spell of gloomy weather in late April brought some welcome precipitation to BC, as rounds of low-lying rain and alpine snow swept through the region. Every little bit helps before wildfire season arrives.

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BC Mid-May Precipitation anomalies

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Those late April rains will soon be a distant memory as a higher level ridge makes itself at home over the West Coast over the next week.

Air warms and dries out as it sinks below a strong upper-level ridge, forcing communities trapped below the pattern to endure an extended period of below-normal precipitation and above-seasonal temperatures.

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Temperatures will gradually rise each day this week as the ridge settles over BC. By the time next weekend rolls around, we could see some of Canada’s hottest temperatures yet this year.

If the pattern plays out as expected, one of the usual hot spots in the province’s interior could reach the country’s first 30 degree mark during this period of above-season warmth.

The only upside to this pattern is that the warmest temperatures will likely miss northern B.C., which has been hardest hit by the ongoing drought.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for your latest weather forecast for British Columbia.

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