British Columbia

B.C. climate data shows 'significantly' drier spring: Environment Canada

Data from Environment Canada shows that B.C. experienced a "significantly drier" spring compared to historical data.

Temperatures were also warmer than historical averages

Vancouverites lay on Kitsilano beach in late March. Environment Canada said March, April and May were 'significantly drier' than normal across B.C. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

B.C. was "significantly drier" than usual throughout March, April, and May this year, according to Environment Canada.

In some areas, the agency said, precipitation during "meteorological spring" was at half its historical rates.

"We saw about 40 to 70 per cent of average rainfall for many communities, both on the coast and over the B.C. Interior," Environment Canada meteorologist Trevor Smith said Friday.

Smith said Comox, Kelowna and Prince George saw their driest springs on record for the three-month period. Fort Nelson saw its second-driest spring.

Comox, on Vancouver Island, recorded 74 millimetres of rain in March, April and May compared to normal monthly rainfall of 215 millimetres.

Kelowna saw just over 43 millimetres during the same time compared to a normal monthly rainfall of 86 millimetres. In Prince George, that number was at 58 millimetres compared to 114 millimetres.

The agency also said temperatures were warmer than normal across several areas of the province over the last three months.

Victoria saw an average temperature of 9.9 C over the three-month period, compared to the usual 9.3 C. Fort Nelson, which usually sees temperatures of 1.7 C, hovered around 4 C instead.

Temperature records have been breaking across B.C. since March. More than 30 maximum daytime temperature records fell in a single day on March 18.


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