Vancouver set to break 65-year-old seasonal weather record

With no rainfall likely for the rest of Nov. 7, Vanocuver will break a 65-year-old seasonal weather record for consecutive days without rain.

A man runs along the seawall during sunset in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

When it comes to having dry weather in Vancouver, 13 is the lucky number.

With no rain falling Thursday and none expected for at least another day, that’s how many consecutive rain-free days  Vancouver has enjoyed since Oct. 25.

Just don’t expect it to last much longer.

“The dry streak is pretty much guaranteed to be over by Saturday, with widespread rain forecast for the whole region,” said CBC Meteorologist Brett Soderholm.

This stretch breaks a seasonal record set in 1954, when there was a dry spell between the months of October and November for 12 days. To put in perspective how old that record was, 1954 was the year the B.C. Lions were founded and Oprah Winfrey was born.

Cyclists ride their bikes along the seawall during sunset in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

There’s even a good chance the record will be extended by a day.

“Friday is looking largely dry as well, however showers are expected late at night, perhaps around 11 p.m., making it too close to call as to whether the streak will get up to 14 days,” Soderholm predicted.

As for the rest of the long weekend, Sunday is looking less wet than Saturday, with only a few showers possible in the morning.

Soderholm’s forecast predicts seasonal temperatures of about 10 C or slightly above for the foreseeable future.

November is usually the rainiest month of the year for Vancouver with an average of 186 millimetres of precipitation. 

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