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Don't ditch the umbrella, says Environment Canada


"Yeah, it's wet."

This observation from Environment Canada meteorologist Anne McCarthy came on the heels of her pronouncement that over 80 mm of rain has fallen on Squamish since July 1, a month that typically sees a total rainfall of 60 mm.

"You've already got your month's supply and a bonus," she said.

Summer typically does not start in June and sometimes it doesn't start until mid-July. That seems to be true this year. The month's average high has reached a mere 19 degrees Celsius and the low has dipped to 12, temperatures significantly colder than typical Squamish summers.

"Oh dear, no wonder you're getting glum," said McCarthy while checking Environment Canada's satellite weather tracking system.

"The average high for the whole month is normally 24. So you are running below normal and I'm seeing you've had a couple of wet days this year to put it mildly."

But Squamish isn't getting the worst of the B.C.'s weather. Tofino has received over 150 mm of rain so far, twice as much as Squamish, and there's no end in sight for either parts of the province.

Although McCarthy says forecasting beyond five days is very uncertain, the unstable weather pattern doesn't bode well.

"I don't see any evidence with certainty that we'll be moving into a good, solid upper ridge," which brings hot, sunny weather, said McCarthy.

"So right now, grab the sunshine when you can get it. And you can have a yard sale if you want, but don't sell the umbrella."

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