Weather

A rainy and wet day in Chemainus near the end of October. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island’s rainy fall continued in October, if not to September’s extremes

Quick change from the dry to the wet season making region forget its dusty summer

A rainy and wet day in Chemainus near the end of October. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The last time Victoria experienced so much rain was in 2003. (Black Press Media file photo)

Thursday downpour sends Victoria weather watchers scrambling for record books

Gonzales Point weather station registers wettest Oct. 28 ever

The last time Victoria experienced so much rain was in 2003. (Black Press Media file photo)
It’s fall in Oak Bay and the district leaf collection program is well underway. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Piling slick leaves on Greater Victoria streets risks cyclists

Leaving leaves in Oak Bay roadways can lead to fines of $25 to $10,000

It’s fall in Oak Bay and the district leaf collection program is well underway. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Flooding is a possibility for Greater Victoria this week as Environment Canada has issued a heavy rain alert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heavy rain alert issued for Greater Victoria, Malahat

Rainfall close to 50 millimetres expected from Tuesday night to Thursday afternoon

Flooding is a possibility for Greater Victoria this week as Environment Canada has issued a heavy rain alert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alex Parker gets some air time as he sails over a wave. (Michael Briones photo)

PHOTOS: Stormy conditions delight Vancouver Island windsurfers

French Creek’s Columbia Beach a popular spot for fans of the sport during this week’s wind

Alex Parker gets some air time as he sails over a wave. (Michael Briones photo)
Logs beat against the rocks near Tulista Park in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Shoreline paths pounded by waves across Greater Victoria

Municipalities temporarily close walkways during wind storm

Logs beat against the rocks near Tulista Park in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Rainfall warnings and special weather statements are in effect for most of Vancouver Island for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16. (News Bulletin file photo)

Heavy rain expected this weekend over most of Vancouver Island

Rainfall warnings in effect in some areas, special weather statements in others

Rainfall warnings and special weather statements are in effect for most of Vancouver Island for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16. (News Bulletin file photo)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

September brought torrent of rainfall to a very dry Vancouver Island

When it rained, it poured with four times the usual amount of precipitation

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of New Westminster. (News Bulletin file)

High winds see night/late-night Duke Point-Tsawwassen ferry sailings cancelled

Reservation fees will be refunded, travel reverting to standby basis, says B.C. Ferries

The B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of New Westminster. (News Bulletin file)
A special weather statement has been issued for Greater Victoria with winds gusting up to 70 km/h forecast for the B.C. inner south coast into Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Strong winds starting overnight prompt weather statement for Greater Victoria

Gusts up to 70 km/h in the forecast early Wednesday for B.C.’s inner south coast

A special weather statement has been issued for Greater Victoria with winds gusting up to 70 km/h forecast for the B.C. inner south coast into Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadians should expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this fall, according to the Weather Network’s long-term outlook. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Weather Network says a pretty nice fall is in store for Canada

B.C. can expect near-normal temperatures, and a normal amount of rain with heavier falls

Canadians should expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this fall, according to the Weather Network’s long-term outlook. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Larry Ackley helps clear a downed tree a fellow church member’s home in Fort Washington, Pa. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Rourke

Hurricane Larry could be headed for Newfoundland on Friday, but track uncertain

Some models suggest storm will remain far offshore, others indicate it will travel across peninsula

Larry Ackley helps clear a downed tree a fellow church member’s home in Fort Washington, Pa. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Rourke
A smokey sunset in Brentwood Bay. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A smokey sunset in Brentwood Bay. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Fire smoke to blanket Vancouver Island amid heat wave

Smoky skies alert warns of poor air quality on much of Vancouver Island

Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
The current stretch of days with little to no precipitation has dried up green spaces around Greater Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Not record breaking, but 51 rainless days a hardship for Greater Victoria

The longest stretch without rain in region was 54 days in 2017

The current stretch of days with little to no precipitation has dried up green spaces around Greater Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
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Environment Canada warns about heat wave hitting Vancouver Island

Drink plenty of water and check on seniors as temperatures surge this week

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Greater Victoria is in for another bout of hot weather with daytime highs from 29 to 32 C between Wednesday (Aug. 11) and Saturday (Aug. 14). (Black Press Media file photo)

Weather statement issued for Greater Victoria ahead of heat wave

Daytime highs from 29 to 32 C expected from Aug. 11 to 14

Greater Victoria is in for another bout of hot weather with daytime highs from 29 to 32 C between Wednesday (Aug. 11) and Saturday (Aug. 14). (Black Press Media file photo)
(Luke Rushton photo)

UPDATE: Heat warning issued for southern B.C. coast, temperatures expected to hit 38 C

Another heatwave is expected to hit southern B.C., with temperatures nearing 40 degrees

  • Aug 10, 2021
(Luke Rushton photo)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising about high temperatures in the forecast later this week. (Black Press file photo)

Hot summer days in the forecast this week on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issues special weather statement

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising about high temperatures in the forecast later this week. (Black Press file photo)
Mussels had a hard time in the dual heat and low tides. Here’s one from Vancouver Island’s west coast, cooked in a happier time. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Hot shellfish: cooked in overlapping heat and low tides

UVic marine biologist said timing was bad luck, but isn’t overly concerned

Mussels had a hard time in the dual heat and low tides. Here’s one from Vancouver Island’s west coast, cooked in a happier time. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)