Residents across Metro Vancouver were treated to torrential rain, thunder and lightning last night, as a band of extremely wet weather crossed the South Coast of B.C. just before midnight.

Nearly 1,000 lightning strikes were recorded during the hour-long storm which dumped 17 mm of rain on the downtown area and 18 mm at the Point Atkinson lighthouse in West Vancouver.

To the south, Vancouver International Airport recorded 12 mm of rain during the downpour. Environment Canada did issue a special statement about the rain, but did not indicate that any records had been broken.

Fortunately for those with plans to enjoy the upcoming long weekend outside, the weather is forecast to clear up on Saturday and Sunday before the showers return early next week.

One hour rainfall total from last evening's thunderstorm

11 p.m. PT - 12 a.m.

Station One hour rainfall amount
Downtown Vancouver 17 mm
West Vancouver 16 mm
Point Atkinson (West Van) 18 mm
Kitsilano 14 mm
Burns Bog 13 mm

 (Source: Environment Canada)


Environment Canada issued this image showing the location of nearly 1,000 lightning strikes during the storm on Vancouver Thursday night. (Environment Canada)