This year’s Silver City Days may launch with some iffy weather today – but the stormy ride ends there, according to the local forecaster.
“It doesn’t look overly wet, but the system coming in is likely to produce a fair bit of wind and cooler temperatures,” said Ron Lakeman from the Castlegar weather office. “And there’s definitely a chance of showers or thunder showers on Wednesday.”
Blue skies are expected to return Thursday, along with windy periods and temperatures returning to a more typical 18 C.
The high pressure shift is predicted to linger over the weekend, bringing sun and a warming trend with temperatures rising to 22 C, which is considered unseasonably warm for this time of year.
Mother’s Day is calling for clear skies and temperatures up to 25 C.
With spring sprung and the city in bloom, it wasn’t the usual April showers that brought May flowers this year.
According to Lakeman, the pattern that prevailed last month was more typical of May with only 50 per cent of the usual April precipitation.
“May typically has a few stretches of nice sunny and warm patterns,” he explained. “And that’s the sort of pattern we had during April.”
Total precipitation rounded up at 30 millimetres (mm), but didn’t near the driest April on record from 20 years ago, when only 13 mm of rain fell.
The dry conditions accompanied mostly sunny days with the coolest day, -4 C set on April 2 and the warmest, 28 C on April 28. The latter temperature neared but didn’t break the warmest day in April, 28.2 C, which was set 35 years ago on April 27.
Two more record daily maximums of 23.6 C, 26.5 C were set on April 20, and April 21 respectively.