British Columbia

Vancouver breaks 65-year-old dry weather record

With no rainfall since Oct. 25, Vancouver has broken a 65-year-old seasonal weather record for consecutive dry days.

Dry stretch will reach 14 days end of Friday — but streak is likely to end Saturday, with rain in the forecast

A man runs along the seawall in Vancouver on Wednesday. November is usually the wettest month of the year in the city, but there hasn't been any precipitation so far this month. That's likely to change Saturday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

When it comes to having dry weather in Vancouver, 14 is the lucky number.

With no rain falling Thursday and none expected Friday, 14 will be how many consecutive rain-free days Vancouver has enjoyed since Oct. 25. 

But change is on the way.

"The dry streak is pretty much guaranteed to be over by Saturday, with widespread rain forecast for the whole region," said CBC meteorologist Brett Soderholm.

This stretch breaks a seasonal record set in 1954, when there was a dry spell between the months of October and November for 12 days. To put that record in perspective, 1954 was the year the B.C. Lions were founded and Oprah Winfrey was born.

Cyclists ride their bikes along the seawall during sunset in Vancouver on Wednesday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

"Friday is looking largely dry as well. However, showers are expected late at night, perhaps around 11 p.m., making it too close to call as to whether the streak will get up to 14 days," Soderholm predicted.

As for the rest of the long weekend, Sunday is looking less wet than Saturday, with only a few showers possible in the morning.

Soderholm's forecast predicts seasonal temperatures of about 10 C or slightly above for the foreseeable future.

November is usually the wettest month of the year for Vancouver, with an average of 186 millimetres of precipitation. 


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