How will BC’s climate change in the future?
According to Plan2Adapt, in British Columbia for the 2050s, we can expect an average warming of 3.2°C and 7% more precipitation annually from a 1961-1990 baseline. We can expect a higher precipitation increase during the winter season, however, that precipitation will mostly come as rain and we will have 30% less snow. The increase in temperatures means that we can anticipate a longer growing season and fewer days where we will require heating for our buildings. We will be seeing hotter, drier summers along with wetter winters.
From Canada’s Changing Climate report, we know that Canada’s climate is warming twice as fast as the global average, and Northern Canada is warming almost three times as fast.
If you are looking for more data on climate change projections, you can use the Plan2Adapt tool. Plan2Adapt generates maps, plots, and data describing projected future climate conditions for regions throughout British Columbia.