Mild temperatures forecast to continue

  • Dec. 19, 2014 8:00 a.m.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, if only for the decorations and lights. With the mild temperatures, students have been spotted walking to school in shorts and without jackets, a trend that could continue throughout the winter season.Islanders can expect higher than average temperatures and stretches of dry weather with the possibility of strong storm systems in between, said Accuweather expert senior forecaster Brett Anderson.”The winter looks mild throughout B.C. and especially towards the coast,” he said. “We’re thinking you’ll see temperatures much above normal this winter.”The waters around Haida Gwaii are an average 3 degrees Celsius above normal this year, he said, which also modifies the temperature on the coast.”With warmer water temperatures, if there are storms they’ll be more energized with more moisture. We’ll see a stronger type of storm system in that case,” Mr. Anderson said.The warm water might also increase fog and low-lying cloud, he said, as those mild temperatures mix with cooler air. Predicting the amount of precipitation for the islands is tricky for forecasters this year, said Mr. Anderson, as they fall on a line dividing wetter, snowier weather to the north and drier weather to the south.

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