Dry March followed frigid February and warm January

2019 has gotten off to a bizarre start on the weather front

It’s been an unusually, warm, cold and dry start to 2019, with a warmer and drier than normal January followed by a frigid February, following by an arid March.

But at or near-normal temperatures and weather patterns are in the forecast for the foreseeable future, according to Environment Canada.

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“We started with a quite cold start to March,” Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon told KTW. “Then we quickly flipped the switch to near or above normal temperatures for the latter half of the month.”

Sekhon said March in Kamloops is typically dry, but the month that just ended was particularly devoid of precipitation — just over eight millimetres as snow or rain fell, compared to a normal monthly amount of more than 12 millimetres.

March was dry across B.C., with a number of communities breaking records for least amount of precipitation since data began to be collected in 1892.

That dry month followed a bitterly cold February — the fifth-coldest ever recorded in Kamloops — and a warmer and drier than average January — the 15th driest on record in the city.

But, Sekhon said, keep those umbrellas close.

“We are seeing a bit of a shift in the pattern in terms of moisture,” he said, noting forecasts are calling for significant rain on B.C.’s coast in the coming days.

“How much of that gets to the Interior is a little more tricky,” Sekhon said.

Forecasts for Kamloops call for a chance of showers on Wednesday and periods of rain on Friday, and Sekhon said temperatures will remain warm — with highs of 18 C on Tuesday, 14 on Wednesday, 15 on Thursday and 18 on Friday.

“We are forecasting temperatures to be near or above normal,” he said.

“Into the weekend, it’s going to be a bit unsettled and it wouldn’t surprise me to see some showers.”

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