British Columbia

Vancouver sets record for driest September

Vancouver has recorded the driest September in 116 years, according to Environment Canada.

Vancouver has recorded the driest September in 116 years, according to Environment Canada.

Records show 1.6 millimetres of rain fell on Friday, raising the monthly total to 7.9 millimetres — the driest since records started being kept in 1896. The previous record was set in 1907 at 9.4 millimetres of precipitation.

Several other Canadian cities also broke records. Agassiz, Abbotsford and Victoria all broke records set in 1974, while Nanaimo broke a record set in 1998.

"It was such an unusual second half to the season," said CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

"We just had these high-pressure systems set up off the West Coast directing systems up and over almost the whole province of B.C. We saw a couple of other places getting close to breaking records ... so this weather pattern held for almost the whole province."

Wagstaffe says the weather has taken a decided turn to fall conditions, with wind and rain warnings for some parts of the South Coast.