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A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada yesterday has been upgraded to a full weather alert as winds of up to 90 km/h are expected to hit Victoria today.

A cold air mass that started in the Fraser Valley is working its way down south, extending over Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, the southernmost Gulf Islands, and Greater Victoria.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur,” warns Environment Canada. The weather agency also recommends keeping an eye out for tree branches that may break in the wind and for loose objects that may be tossed on the road.

The wind is expected to lessen in the afternoon, but “remain brisk” through Tuesday morning.

For updates stay tuned to Environment Canada’s website here.