Sun. Feb 17th, 2019

Hot Hot Heat Coming Saturday/Sunday!?

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Sunday 17 February 2019 - Sunday: Clearing this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 5. UV index 2 or low. Sunday night: A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 overnight. Monday: Increasing cloudiness. High plus 3. UV index 2 or low. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low minus 1. Tuesday: Flurries or rain showers. High plus 5. Tuesday night: Periods of snow. Low minus 3. Wednesday: Sunny. High 6. Wednesday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Thursday: Sunny. High 6. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 1. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 5. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low zero. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 6.

  • Current Conditions
    0.2° C
    0.7 ° C/hr
    102.39 kPa
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    99 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    0.2° C
    Heat Index
    0.2° C
    0.1° C
    258 W/m2
    Last Updated: 10:45:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (95% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    0.4° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    -1.2° C @ 05:48 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.39 kPa @ 10:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.51 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -1.2° C @ 05:48 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    0.4° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 0.5km/h @ 04:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    302W/m2 @ 10:22 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    1.0 @ 10:36 Tdy.

So I woke up this morning, looked at the forecast and saw this:

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 7.45.29 AM

So that gave me some cause for pause…. 🙂

The updated 11AM forecast from Environment Canada has not changed, so I am left to wonder what other sources saying since it was supposed to be hot, like high twenties, but not quite *that* hot.

So I have waited for the latest UWash to come out this morning which includes the first short term look at Saturday along with an update for Sunday.

Below is UWash’s short term high-res Saturday afternoon temp.


Calling for a high between 29-31ºC (84-88ºF).  Not quite as high as EC but close.

Here is Sunday’s prediction, which is still long range so low res.


It actually looks cooler, only between 26 and 29º C (80-84º F), however this might be a result of the low resolution.  Here is the same low resolution forecast for Saturday.

wa_tsfc.84.0000-3Notice it doesn’t even the 29º C heat reaching the valley.  So clearly the lower resolution products from UWash are underestimating the power (of-the-dark…) of the Valley to amplify the heat.  Considering that the low resolution shows a much broader swath of more intense heat on the Island on Sunday than Saturday, I would say that supports the notion that it will be hotter on Sunday and Saturday, and so I expect when Sundays’ high resolution forecast is released tomorrow by UWash, it will be hotter than the 31ºC max for Saturday.

All to say, yep if the forecast holds, it’s gonna very hot!

In fact, Environment Canada is so confident of the heat that they have sent around the all time records for BC for the dates of June 4, June 5, and June 6.  For Port Alberni the records (since 1900) to beat are:

June 4: 34.0º C from 1989  (seems unlikely)
June 5: 33.5º C from 2003 (possible)
June 6: 35.0º C from 2005 (not likely)

I will be in Winnipeg from Thursday until Monday, however, I am working hard to have the May 2016 summary ready to go before I leave.  I might wait to post it until Friday for some weekend reading but I’ll also keep an eye on things here to see just how hot we should get.  The weather in Winnipeg is supposed to be a pleasant 23º C with sun and clouds.