Alex Spence ... likes the warm weather

Alex Spence ... likes the warm weather

Here comes the sun

Weather prognosticators say Victoria is in for one hot summer

Fear not Victoria, a warm, dry summer is on the way.

Weather forecasters are predicting above-normal temperatures and less rainfall along B.C.’s south coast this summer.

“The combination of high pressure and above-normal sea surface temperatures in the northeast Pacific will lead to a slightly warmer-than-normal summer with reduced chances of rainfall,” said the season forecast from Accu-Weather, a for-profit weather forecasting service.

The prediction is good news for those who make their living in Victoria and depend on good weather.

First Nation carver Alex Spence spends most of his days along the Inner Harbour honing his craft. He notices a change of attitude from people when the sun shines.

“People are friendlier when it’s warmer,” he says. “They love their hot weather here. We’re very fortunate.”

Ben Duthie, spokesperson for Prince of Whales, says warm weather has a huge impact on whale watching, although whales can be found in Juan de Fuca Strait anytime of the year.

“If the sun comes out early our phone starts ringing by 9:30 and never quits. If it’s cloudy people are more reluctant.”

Prince of Whales runs four to five trips a day in late spring. The numbers increase threefold in July and August, says Duthie.

“You can’t beat the warm weather.”

Victoria boasts the highest average maximum temperature in Canada at 15.3 C. and the highest average minimum at 7.1 C. The city records 2,109 hours of sunshine every year and is blessed with 308 sunny days.

Paul Nursey, president and CEO of Tourism Victoria, says while sunny, warm weather is a surprise when tourists visit here, it doesn’t draw them to the city.

“Customers choose to come to the destination because they have a strong connection and want to come. Weather doesn’t go into their decision, but it’s great for their experiences and their memories,” he adds.

Mayor Dean Fortin isn’t surprised Victoria will see a brighter summer this year. It fits the city’s psyche, he says.

“It reflects the personality of Victorians; Sunny personalities – always bringing comfort and joy.”

Victorians may have to wait a few days for that sunny weather to appear. Environment Canada is predicting cloudy weather over the Victoria long weekend with highs of 17 C.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Berwick Retirement Communities’ 2021 Spin-A-Thon event on Feb. 23 raised more than $7,100 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Berwick Spin-A-Thon raises more than $7,000 for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Two centenarians among participants in second annual all-day pedal event

Victoria Police Department vehicle outside the headquarters building. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)
Man arrested after Victoria restaurant worker punched, thrown to the ground

Police say woman was found lying on the sidewalk with non-life threatening injuries

This was the scene outside North Saanich’s Parkland Secondary School after an attempted but unsuccessful break-and-enter into the school torched an ATM inside of it. Sidney/North Saanich RCMP did not make any arrests and currently lack suspects as the investigation continues. Members of the public who may have witnessed something or possess other information can contact police at (250) 656-3931 or to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (Submitted)
ATM at North Saanich high school torched during early morning break-and-enter

Police dogs searched the exterior and interior of the school

Victoria police are investigating after several vehicles were smashed and a basement was flooded along lower Cook Street March 2. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police investigating smashed vehicles, flooded basement on Cook Street

Police seeking witnesses, footage of several ‘mischief’ incidents

Victoria Police Department vehicles outside the headquarters building. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police investigating sudden death in Beacon Hill Park

Police, paramedics responded to a report of an unresponsive person early Wednesday

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 2

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: How’s your butter?

Recent reports have some Canadians giving a second look to one of… Continue reading

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

The City of Duncan will implement a new pilot project targeting vandalism this spring. (File photo)
Graffiti trouble? Duncan will give you the brush and the paint to remove it

Intiative based on a successful project to protect Port Alberni from unwanted spray paint

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

The first of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s long-range maritime patrol aircraft—the Dash-8—becomes operational. (Photo supplied by PAL Aerospace)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s new De Havilland Dash-8-100 long-range surveillance air craft is capable of staying aloft for eight to 10 hours for a variety of missions up and down the B.C. coast. (Photo supplied by PAL Aerospace)
New plane will double DFO’s surveillance capacity in B.C.

The Dash-8 will fly out of Campbell River for enforecment, conservation missions

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

Most Read