Environment Canada talks about one of the coldest Aprils on record and the deception of the long weekend.
If spring looked great in Vancouver this year, you’re not alone.
While April did not break into the top 10 for coldest springs on record, it did post below-average lows. And it doesn’t look like the trend is expected to improve for the rest of the season either.
Environment Canada Meteorologist Armel Castellan said vancouver is awesome that the pleasant weather enjoyed by Metro Vancouverites during the long weekend in May is typical of this time of year; it may have seemed warmer as temperatures have been falling below seasonal averages for several weeks.
“That’s what can feel so strange… is that we finally made it to the station [temperatures]…because we’ve been below seasonality for a lot of the time,” he explained in a phone interview.
“We may have gotten a degree or two above seasonal, but overall… things weren’t very warm.”
Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast: Long Weekend Temperatures
For a year with average spring temperatures, daily highs over the long weekend would have to be 5-10C above seasonal averages to make “a significant difference,” Castellan added.
And while March was closer to seasonal averages in terms of temperature, the month was 35% wetter, with 153mm recorded at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), an average March sees 114mm.
However, April was 1.4°C cooler than average in Metro Vancouver. The average climatological temperature in YVR for April is 9.4°C but the average average for this month was 8°C.
So far, this April was the 28th coldest on record, with Vancouver records dating back to 1896. Additionally, the colder trend has continued through mid to late May, the forecaster added.
While Environment Canada won’t provide a summer forecast before June 1, Castellan said the “consistency of cold and wet that’s been noticeable for a lot of people … at least in the short term is that it doesn’t look like June is diverting from what.”
There may be a break from the wet weather at the end of the weekend, but Friday (May 27) and Saturday may see some daytime showers. The daily highs are also not expected to increase dramatically heading into the week ahead.