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Balmy B.C. weekend ahead, but very dangerous avalanche conditions forecast [Video]

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Canadian Environment and Climate

British Columbians will have a chance to bask in the sun this weekend as the year’s first bout of warm weather arrives.

But people recreating in the backcountry are also being warned of “very dangerous” avalanche conditions due to the heat.

Environment Canada meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau said a strong ridge of high pressure is building over much of B.C. over the weekend, bringing sunny conditions and temperatures well above seasonal averages.

“Our daytime highs this time of year are closer to 10 C, so we are looking at conditions in that sort of five to 10 degrees above seasonal range,” she said.

“We are getting close to some of our daily temperature records we have set in the past.”

In the Lower Mainland, that will mean temperatures of about 15 C near the water and topping 20 C in the Fraser Valley and inland Metro Vancouver.

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