Well, Vancouver, summer is almost over. In a few short weeks, fall will return bringing with it the (sadly) usual weather patterns for British Columbia. According to AccuWeather’s autumn forecast, we are looking at above-normal rainfall and cloudy days.

Fall officially starts on September 22, bringing with it pumpkin spice, and a stormy pattern.

AccuWeather stated that La Niña will play a major role in the upcoming fall weather pattern, just as it has in past.

“La Niña is a climatological phenomenon that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean drop to lower-than-average levels, which in turn affects weather patterns thousands of miles, or kilometers, away,” they said.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said that this will likely impact Canada’s fall season, and maybe even into winter.

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“An active, Pacific storm track is anticipated to be directed into British Columbia this fall, which will favor above-normal rainfall and cloudier, cool days,” Anderson said.

The Meteorologist added that storms this season may also bring windier conditions compared to normal. While the storms can bring localized flooding, the rainfall will ease wildfire concerns by “reducing the amount of dry fuel available.”

“The projected weather pattern this fall should favour conditions that will help with fire suppression,” Anderson said.

As for temperature, expect “waves of colder, Arctic air” in the region this upcoming season.

“The coldest air relative to normal for all of Canada is expected across northwestern Canada, specifically northern British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and the western portion of the Northwest Territories,” Anderson said.

This may also lead to an earlier start to the snow season in the Coastal and Rocky Mountains. And although Vancouver is expected to be fairly normal when it comes to temperatures, the area’s precipitation is set to surpass average.

Are you excited for your pumpkin spice season?