Flood warnings in northwest B.C., record heat in southeast, say forecasters

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Flood warnings and watches have been posted for several river systems in British Columbia as heavy rain drenches the northwest while a heat wave sets records in other regions.

The River Forecast Centre has issued a flood warning for the Stikine and Tuya rivers north of Prince Rupert, where rapid snow melt is forecast to swell waterways for several days.

Flood watches are posted for the Skeena and Kispiox rivers northeast of Prince Rupert, where more than 140 millimetres of rain has fallen since Monday and more is expected along with speeding snow melt.

The central coast, part of the Nass River system and waterways in most of eastern B.C. are under high streamflow advisories, along with the Similkameen region and much of the Fraser River from Quesnel to Hope.

A heat wave is blamed for speeding snowmelt in those areas.

But forecasters say flooding is not expected unless the latest stretch of hot weather is followed by heavy rain.

Environment Canada says 10 temperature records fell across south, central and eastern B.C. on Tuesday, and 15 were set Wednesday, including a high of 36.5 C in Warfield, the hot spot in Canada.

Highs in the low- to mid-30s are expected for parts of the southern Interior through Thursday. But the weather office says conditions across B.C. will cool and many areas could see rain by the weekend.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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