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Rain and cloud in store for Greater Victoria throughout this week


After a sunny weekend with moderate temperatures, the week ahead is expected to bring with it intermittent rain with a handful of partly cloudy days. 

According to Environment Canada, Monday’s forecast will bring a high of 14°C and be rainy all day, eventually letting up in the evening. 

Wednesday will bring showers once again, but will not last the whole day. The expected high will be 15°C. 

Thursday’s forecast is expected to be one of just a couple days where the rain will leave Greater Victoria alone with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 15°C

Environment Canada says Friday’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with some showers and a high of 14°C before Saturday clears up again with the sun expected to make an appearance throughout the day. 

Saturday may be the last sunny day of the next week as both Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th call for clouds and rain throughout the day. 

(Environment Canada)

Currently, drought conditions are only rated at a two out of five on Vancouver Island and much of southern BC.

Most of the interior is being rated at a three with the northwest being rated at a four or five, signalling extremely dry conditions as crews continue to battle prolific wildfires in the region. 

Because Vancouver Island is only rated at a two out of five, the only measures required to be taken are conservation efforts. 

According to the Capital Regional District (CRD), in summer months, Greater Victoria’s water usage increases by 44%. 

This is mostly due to “non-essential outdoor uses” such as lawn and garden watering. 

Fall and winter rains that replenish the Sooke Lake Reservoir must last the entire year for the entire CRD’s drinking water, watershed fire suppression, droughts and support for vital habitats for many endangered species.

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As of May 1st, the CRD has entered “Stage 1” of its water restriction protocol, meaning people may not water their lawn outside of their specified days and allowable times

This coming week’s rains will undoubtedly aid in southern Vancouver Island’s looming wildfire season. 

As of this publication there are no fires on Vancouver Island. 

Curtis Blandy

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