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Cooler weather, showers for many parts of B.C. this weekend, next week

Much-needed cooler weather and showers are on the way for many parts of B.C. this weekend and into next week.

For some areas of B.C., rain and showers have already arrived.

Air Quality Advisories are still in effect for many parts of the province, but areas are seeing less smoke and more clouds Friday morning.

Wildfire Smoke Advisories are still in effect for these areas:

  • Sea-to-Sky Corridor and surrounding areas, from Howe Sound through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton and surrounding areas.
  • Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas affecting Powell River to Gibsons / Langdale
  • Fort St. John and surrounding areas.
  • East Coast of Vancouver Island from Comox to Cowichan Valley, including the interior community of Port Alberni.
  • Metro Vancouver.
  • Fraser Valley.
  • Smoky Skies Advisories have also been issued for most of the Southern Interior.

For Metro Vancouver, more marine air is moving in on Friday, bringing cooler temperatures and more clouds. It is expected to get up to about 24 degrees at Vancouver International Airport.

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In the Southern Interior, residents can expect to see showers today with the possibility for thunderstorms as the day goes on.

The North Coast will see rain and more clouds moving in and through the weekend, expect more rain and the possibility of thunderstorms.

By Saturday afternoon, rain is in the forecast for most of the province. The South Coast will likely get rain later Saturday evening and into Sunday morning.

By late Sunday, the rain will be moving further east, towards Alberta, but parts of the southeastern Interior will still see showers into early next week.

BC Peace River:

Clouds are moving in on Friday, with highs of about 28 degrees. There is a 60 per cent chance of rain today, with more rain and cooler temperatures sticking around for Saturday and Sunday. This region can also expect thunderstorms.

Whitehorse:

Sun and cloud for Friday, with a high of up to 20 degrees and a 40 per cent chance of rain. More clouds and rain Saturday and Sunday and it is expected to cool down by Monday.

North Coast:

Inland areas are a bit drier, with up to 24 degrees and sunny breaks for the coast. Expect temperatures of about 17 degrees and more showers later Friday afternoon, then rain and clouds for Saturday and Sunday.

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Cariboo and the Central Interior:

There is a risk of instability Friday afternoon for Prince George, where thunderstorms are expected. Highs of 29 degrees are expected for Friday, then slightly cooler for Saturday, with a 40 per cent chance of rain. Sunday is even cooler for the region, with clouds and showers and a high of 21 degrees.

Columbia and Kootenays:

More sunshine to start off Friday, with temperatures cooling down Saturday and Sunday. There is a 60 per cent chance of rain for the region on Saturday and Sunday and thunderstorms later Friday and Saturday. Highs of 34 degrees are expected today around Nelson and Castlegar.

Thompson and Okanagan:

Thunderstorms are expected Friday with a high of 33 degrees and a 60 per cent chance of rain. Highs of 31 degrees are expected on Saturday with more rain and thunderstorms, before it cools off on Sunday with highs of 23 degrees and the chance of more rain.

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Whistler:

There will still be widespread smoke in this region, but cooler temperatures are on the way. Sun and cloud expected for Friday, with a high of 27 degrees. It will cool down to about 22 degrees on Saturday and 19 degrees on Sunday.

South and East Vancouver Island:

Similar to conditions in Whistler. A high of 23 degrees expected today with sun and cloud. Saturday and Sunday will be cooler, around 21 degrees and showers are expected for later today and the weekend.

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Metro Vancouver:

A high of 24 degrees is expected for Friday with sun and cloud. Some parts of Metro Vancouver will also get showers today. More clouds expected for Saturday and Sunday, along with some rain and highs of 21 degrees. There is a greater chance of rain through Sunday and into Monday. Next week appears to be cooler, with highs of around 22 degrees and a lot more cloud.

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