Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Vancouver Island and the South Coast of British Columbia. An unseasonably strong Pacific front will bring heavy rain and drench Vancouver Island and parts of the south coast beginning on Thursday.
Environment Canada said the main area of rain will begin over west and inland Vancouver Island overnight. The rain will spread to areas of east Vancouver Island from Nanaimo to the Comox Valley, and over the Sunshine Coast on Thursday morning.
The rain will intensify and become heavy on Thursday afternoon in Metro Vancouver, starting with scattered showers on Thursday ahead of the main plume of moisture associated with the front. The main area of rain will develop later on Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening as the front moves eastward.
The heavy rain will end Thursday night as the front pushes eastward. In the front’s wake there will be showers with a risk of thunderstorms and gusty winds on Friday morning, Environment Canada said. There remains some uncertainty with respect to the location of where the heaviest rain will occur.
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