The first storm of the season is set to hit Vancouver Island this week, as the region’s summer weather comes to an end on the first official day of fall.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement, saying a fall storm will bring heavy rain and blustery winds to the South Coast, beginning Tuesday night.
According to the weather agency, a series of vigorous frontal systems will move across the south coast of BC Tuesday night through Saturday, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds.
The first system arrives on Vancouver Island Tuesday night, and will spread to the mainland before Wednesday morning and continue through Thursday.
Rainfall intensity will vary through the day and across regions.
Environment Canada forecasters predict Vancouver Island will receive between 15 to 40 mm of rain over two days, while over 100 mm is expected over West Vancouver Island.
Strong southeasterly winds of 60 to 80 kilometres an hour will hit parts of Victoria and Vancouver Island Tuesday night, according to the weather agency.
As the system progresses, winds across the Strait of Georgia and surrounding regions will peak early Wednesday morning at 50 to 70 kilometres per hour.
The combination of heavy rain with leaves on the ground may lead to localized flooding. Strong winds may also lead to power outages.
The wet pattern will continue with more rain expected Friday and Saturday.