After above-seasonal conditions this past week, Vancouver Island is about to be hit with a blast of arctic air.
Environment Canada issued a handful of special weather statements for Vancouver Island on Saturday, warning that arctic air is on the way for the region — bringing with it temperatures that are five to 10 degrees below seasonal.
The cold air is expected to hit the region — and the entire province — by Sunday afternoon and hang around for the remainder of the week.
Forecasting on Environment Canada’s website shows some parts of the Island could see overnight temperatures hitting minus nine by Thursday, possibly double digit negative temperatures at higher elevations. But with the cold air comes sunshine all week long for Vancouver Island, at least according to the weather agency.
The arctic blast is also expected to hit most of western Canada and parts of Ontario, with some areas plunging into the minus 25 to 35 range, and even minus 45 range for some areas.
Extreme cold warnings have been issued for all of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, most of Alberta and parts of northern Ontario.
How cold will it get next week? Varying projections from -6 to double digit negative temps for #VancouverIsland & #yvr 🥶 Details @CHEK_News 5 pm. #BCwx #bcstorm #PolarVortex pic.twitter.com/Qw423mJPbp
— Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) February 6, 2021