LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS1130) – It’s going to be a hot long weekend here in the Lower Mainland, but what about if you’re off to celebrate BC Day out of town?

We’re checking in with News1130 meteorologist Russ Lacate for your forecast in the Okanagan, on Vancouver Island, and in Seattle.

Okanagan

“If you’re heading east, hoping to beat the heat this long weekend, you’re going about it all wrong!” says Lacate. “On the other side of the Coast Range mountains, there is this rapidly-building dome of hot air.”

He predicts the mercury to reach the upper-twenties in the Okanagan today. “Then 33 degrees tomorrow, 37 degrees on a scorching, hazy Sunday. Even Monday looks hot and dusty across the Southern Interior. There is no chance of thunderstorms.”

Vancouver Island

“Island-hoppers will be pleased to know that it’s smooth-sailing today. Whether you’re heading for the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands, Nanaimo or Victoria, the waters of Georgia Strait will be sparkling under a clear sky with just a very light chop for this afternoon,” predicts Lacate.

He tells us you can expect a warm — almost Mediterranean — Island forecast all weekend.

“Temperatures will be in the upper twenties today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Heads-up on the holiday Monday for a slight risk of thunderstorms towards the tail end of the long weekend,” he adds.

Seattle

“Your cross-border getaway includes some spectacular sunny weather for the long weekend, if you’re staying inland,” explains Lacate.

He tells us from the Bellingham-Seattle area to the Portland corridor will be sunny today.

“On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the temperatures climb into the low thirties each afternoon with a very high UV Index. But if you’re drifting out towards the coast… that low cloud is lurking out there. I think it’ll turn cooler and cloudier on the southern beaches, starting Sunday,” he adds.

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