(Anna Liubakova)

High winds are on the way for the Greater Victoria area this evening and expected to last until Sunday night.

According to Environment Canada, southeast winds of 70 km/h with gusts reaching 90 km/h will impact the Greater Victoria area near Haro Strait.

Southern sections of Metro Vancouver and Gulf Islands will also be impacted by this warning.

Winds are expected to pick up this evening and continue until Sunday night.

In addition to the wind, rain and rising temperatures Sunday may cause rapid melting of snow on ground.

“A Pacific frontal system approaching the west coast will bring strong winds the inner South coast this weekend,” Environment Canada said in its warning.

Southeast winds will gradually strengthen and reach 70 km/h gusting to 90 late this evening for areas near the water.

This system is expected to bring much warmer air into the region, with a chance of flurries changing to rain overnight tonight.

The weather agency said the strong southeast winds will persist through Sunday and ease Sunday overnight in the wake of the frontal system.

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