The Japanese Garden in Royal Roads University - Photo by Heather K Jones

With rain clouds beginning to encroach on Victoria’s skies, thoughts of autumn are beginning to come to mind.

That’s why it’s the perfect time for AccuWeather to release its long-term seasonal forecast for the province.

According to the weather organization, Canada is in for a slow transition from summer into fall, especially in BC.

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“Warmth will be stubborn to retreat from Canada this autumn, delaying the first wave of cold air for some of the country’s most populated areas,” reads AccuWeather’s long-term forecast.

While lingering warm summer weather might be common across the country, extended heat in BC could be bad news for the province by potentially extending its wildfire season.

Though wildfires were less destructive this year than last, the beginning of summer saw large forest fires erupt across Western Canada.

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“The fire season is far from done,” said AccuWeather Canadian Weather Expert Brett Anderson in a statement.

“We believe there may be a second surge in fire activity during the month of September from British Columbia to Saskatchewan.”

Fortunately, northern BC near the Yukon will likely be spared from the worst of the wildfire danger, with wet weather patterns planned for the region this fall.

While a chilly autumn might not sweep across Victoria as early as it has in years passed, the cold is sure to come.

Who else is excited for flannel sweaters, pumpkin patches, and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes?

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