Mother Nature’s got Vancouver Island under her cold spell.
Environment Canada issued special weather statements for all of the Island and most of B.C. Thursday morning, saying frigid Arctic air will “invade” the province starting Friday night.
It’ll be a shift from a rather mild January, with temperatures set to drop five to 10 degrees below normal over the south coast, according to the weather agency.
“Gusty winds will accompany the arrival of the cold air, and the wind chill will make it feel even colder,” Environment Canada said in the statements.
Greater Victoria and the East, Inland, West and North Island are under the advisories, along with most of B.C.’s Mainland, including Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.
Victoria’s average high typically sits at around 7 degrees Celsius in the last week of January, while the average low sits at about 1 C. Farther north, it gets a bit chillier, with Nanaimo’s average low at around -0.5 C, while Campbell River’s sits at around -1.7 C.
“Temperatures are expected to gradually rise late next week, in early February. However, there remains significant uncertainty on the timing of a return to seasonal temperatures,” Environment Canada added.
.@ECCCWeatherBC has issued Special Weather Statements for most areas of BC due to a cold spell expected to start this Friday and into the weekend: https://t.co/fZUrzOgs3v
Cold weather preparedness tips: https://t.co/3fSJIxQSsO
Cold exposure health tips: https://t.co/cJiYuNEzHk pic.twitter.com/uubP0J1pN1
— Prepared BC (@PreparedBC) January 26, 2023