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Environment Canada Issues Heavy Rainfall Warning for Metro Vancouver; Up To 90 mm Expected

Vancouver weather forecast

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Raincouver has officially returned.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for coastal British Columbia, including Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. In addition, a wind warning has been issued for Richmond and Delta.

A strong frontal system is crossing over the lower mainland today and will bring heavy rain. Some areas in Metro Vancouver may see up to 90 mm of rain.

Total rainfall accumulation near 50 mm is likely over the City of Vancouver including Burnaby and New Westminster and the northern sections of the Sunshine Coast. Over Howe Sound, the North Shore and northeast Metro Vancouver amounts of 70 to 90 mm are possible. The heavy rain will begin to ease off this evening as the frontal system moves south out of the area.

Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

South to southeast winds near 70 km/h will blow near Haro Strait, across the Gulf Islands, and over parts of southwest Vancouver near the waters of the Strait of Georgia in the vicinity of Tsawwassen and Boundary Bay reads an alert from Environment Canada.

High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Winds will ease late this afternoon.

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