Wed. Aug 22nd, 2018

More sun and warmth. Possible shower Wednesday? Extreme Heat Coming late

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 6:04 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018 - Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 12. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke becoming local smoke near noon. High 31. Humidex 34. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Local smoke. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 23. Thursday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13. Sunday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 18. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    30.8° C
    -1.7 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.4 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSE 5.8 km/h
    gusting 17.7 km/h
    Humidity
    27 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    30.8° C
    Heat Index
    30.8° C
    Dewpoint
    9.6° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    118 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:25:00 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
    05:44
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (83% full)
    Civil Set
    20:59
    Day Length
    13:22:16
    Day High
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.91 kPa @ 08:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.39 kPa @ 17:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 13.2km/h @ 17:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    705W/m2 @ 14:18 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 13:01 Tdy.

We will definitely start warm and sunny this week. There is a slight chance of showers on Wednesday afternoon, but the way things have gone this month I would not put a lot of weight on it.  I will keep an eye on that chance today and tomorrow to see if the models are more consistent than they have been.

Pleasant start to the week… Getting Very Hot on Weekend

We should stay in the 17-25º C range for most of the week.  However, there have been rumblings in the long range models that we could get into a heatwave starting Saturday and Sunday and the UWash model is starting to see that as well.

For comparison here is today’s high which is actually only predicted to be up to 18ºC on this chart though I think that is a little conservative.

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Here is the chart for Saturday afternoon.  Serious heat has come up from the South with highs up to 31ºC on the Island and 33º C in the Fraser Valley (which could be where we get to as well).

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The numerical graphs from the Canadian GEM and US GFS models agree. (click for full size)

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Canadian GEM 10 Day temperature forecast.

The Canadian forecast has the heat peaking Sunday at just over 30º C.

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US GFS 10 Day temperature forecast.

The US GFS model is a little more extreme and late with the heat peaking on Monday near 35º C with heat index approaching 40º C (100º F)

These are still a long ways out so do not take them as gospel, but the fact the two different models agree does give them more weight.

Below is a 16 day composite of many models.  They do a poor job of estimating maximum temperature for our small area however, the overall trend is valuable information.

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We can see the heat peaking on Sunday (agreeing with Canadian model) but not backing off a whole lot. The uncertainties stay on the high side until Wednesday July 1.  They back off on the 2nd/3rd and then come back strong the 4th, 5th, and 6th.  We will see how it plays out.

Have a great Monday!