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Tri-Cities' first 2021 heatwave ends, but expect 30 C temperatures to return

Special weather statement lasted for nearly 72 hours for Metro Vancouver and as the first official week of summer continues, Environment Canada is predicting more hot and humid conditions.
Traboulay PoCo Trail - Meghan Cowan
Traboulay PoCo Trail and the Coquitlam River shine brightly during the heat of the sun in June 2021.

A special weather statement has ended for the Tri-Cities, but the hot weather is here to stay.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are expected to stay in the 20s for the first official week of summer.

However, the 30+ C temperatures the region experienced over the weekend are predicted to return as early as Friday (June 25) and last at least until the beginning of next week.

The first heatwave warning of the season lasted for nearly 72 hours, formally ending before 3 a.m. today (June 22) after its initial issue at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday (June 19).

Now, Environment Canada says inland conditions may reach as high as 32 C with higher humidity ratings and slight winds coming from the coast.

On Monday (June 21), the national service says the Tri-Cities nearly reached a six-year record (24.2 C in 2015) as the thermometer reached a maximum of 23.8 C - although with the humidity, it felt like 32 C.

And because of the above seasonal temperatures, BC Hydro undoubtedly saw a spike in its power grid as local residents likely cranked up the fans and air conditioning during the heatwave.

However, the company says it'll still be able to deliver the power its customers need during the current wave of summer weather with no outages expected.

“BC Hydro has more than enough power to meet the increased demand on its system," reads a news release.

"And, unlike some of its neighbours to the south who are experiencing extremely low reservoir levels in some areas, BC Hydro is forecasting normal reservoir levels on average across the province this summer. BC Hydro is well positioned with its flexible hydroelectric infrastructure and a surplus of clean generation."

You can review the current seven-day forecast for Metro Vancouver in the graphic below.

For more information, you can visit Environment Canada's website.

Environment Canada - June 22, 2021Environment Canada's seven-day forecast for Metro Vancouver as of June 22, 2021. By Environment Canada