Despite mild January temperatures, Environment and Climate Change Canada is warning Island residents not to put their winter clothes away quite yet, as a special weather statement is in effect for incoming arctic air.
Issued on Jan.27, the agency noted a cold spell is in the forecast for most of the province, with arctic air invading B.C. Friday with a major shift in January temperatures. Residents can expect temperatures to be five to 10 degrees below normal.
Temperatures will rise to about 6C Saturday but fall to a low of -4C overnight with clear skies. The high on Sunday is not expected to go above freezing, with lows predicted at -5C. Monday (Jan. 31) should see a small shift to just above freezing and the start of a new month sees temperature rising both during the day and night above freezing with a 60 per cent chance of flurries or rain showers.
Gusty winds will accompany the arrival of cold air, and the wind chill will make it feel even colder, noted Environment Canada.