Record breaking sunshine hours?

Possible! Was chatting with a friend who is a meteorologist at Environment Canada and he's also very excited that we could see record breaking sunshine hours this month.  As of yesterday, Vancouver has received over 270 sunshine hours so far in July, and the average for the month is 294.5 hours.  With ten possible days of sun left in the month, and only about 25 hours of sunshine left before we hit the average, chances are hours will be above average.  As for the record amount of sunshine hours in July - there is also a chance we could beat that number as well. Record is just over 388 hours (set back in July 1985), and as long as any morning cloud dissipates quickly for the next week or so - it will be a close race this month to break a record for most sunshine ever in the month of July.

The lack of rain has also been significant around the South Coast - in fact it has been completely dry so far this month in both Victoria and Vancouver.  Vancouver has never seen a whole month without rain - and there is a chance of this happening as the inactive weather pattern over the next few days remains about the same.  We are also lacking any weather systems moving into the South Coast over the next few days as an upper ridge gets even stronger as we head into midweek.  The long range charts however do forecast an upper trough that could be the party spoiler.  This low will start to bring showers to the North Coast by midweek and models suggest that it will track down the coast ever so slowly on Thursday and Friday. The stronger marine influence means that the South Coast could see the threat of showers by the end of the work week.