Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Greater Victoria and other parts of the island as a strong cold front blasts through southwest BC.
According to the weather agency, southeast winds up to 50 to 80 km/h will develop Sunday afternoon and will sharply veer to northwest 50 to 70 km/h Sunday night or early Monday morning.
Exposed coastal sections of northern Vancouver Island will see very strong southeast winds near 80 km/h Sunday afternoon before veering to northwest 50 to 70 km/h in the evening.
Communities on the Sunshine Coast and north of Qualicum Beach on eastern Vancouver Island will feel the effects of the strong southeast winds beginning just before midnight Sunday night.
As the cold front treks across, the winds will veer to the northwest at 30 to 50 km/h.
The wind will veer sharply to the northwest 50 to 70 km/h mid-Monday morning before easing in the afternoon.
Lastly, in the wake of the cold front, 70 km/h westerly winds are forecast for the east entrance of Juan de Fuca Strait on Monday which will affect neighbourhoods in Greater Victoria that are typically exposed to the westerly winds in Juan de Fuca Strait.