Soaking rains spread through B.C. ahead of gorgeous weekend weather

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Soaking rains spread through B.C. ahead of gorgeous weekend weather
Soaking rains spread through B.C. ahead of gorgeous weekend weather

It won't be enough to really reverse the effects of an extended stretch of dry weather, but a system pushing through, whose effects will include at-times heavy rain during Thursday, will still bring some welcome moisture to British Columbia. It will even include a dash of thunderstorm risk, albeit scattered. More on the timing of the wet weather, plus the return to gorgeous conditions in time for the weekend, below.

THURSDAY: RAIN SHOWERS PERSIST, RISK OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS

The system began approaching B.C. late Wednesday night, and after spreading across the province through the overnight hours, persistent rain will continue for much of the day on Thursday.

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bcrain (2)

Special weather statements for the heavy rain are in effect for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast.

Rain will gradually give way to showers, but there's enough instability to fuel a smattering of thunderstorm risk across parts of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Interior.

Though relatively isolated, such storms that do pop up will feature small hail and heavy localized showers, boosting overall totals in areas where they occur.

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bcrisk

A widespread 20-40 mm of rain is forecast through Friday, with locally heavier amounts up to 70 mm possible in the hardest hit areas.

"Although this pales in comparison to major fall and winter storms, this system could bring the most amount of rain seen in the region over the past month," says Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

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BC rain

FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND: GORGEOUS SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER RETURNS

Some rain showers will linger into the day on Friday as well, but conditions will gradually improve, with the return to abundant sunshine and gorgeous weather through the weekend.

More summer-like weather will also spread into early next week, with sunshine and above seasonal temperatures expected.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the changing conditions across B.C.

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