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'Month's worth' of rain targets B.C. coast this week

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Four weeks-worth of rain in just five days? That's what's on tap for parts of British Columbia this week as a decidedly fall-like pattern sets up over western Canada. Rainfall rates will pick up on Thursday as a potent front pivots in, and that isn't the only system we're watching for the coast. Some spots stand to see nearly their entire average September rainfall by the weekend's close. We break down who stands to see the soggiest week, and where winds might be an issue, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two rounds of heavy rain ahead for B.C. Coast, Vancouver Island
  • More than 100 mm of rain possible for some by Sunday
  • Cooler temperatures, gusty winds accompany systems
  • Milder, drier days ahead after 'false start' to fall
  • Stay on top of ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: TRACKING ROUNDS OF RAIN FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA

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SOGGY, BLUSTERY SEPTEMBER SYSTEMS

A pair of low pressure systems taking aim at the B.C. coast this week will do a good impression of fall weather over much of the province, tanking temperatures and dropping significant rain over Vancouver Island and along much of the coast -- including parts of the Lower Mainland.

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Though the timing may shift as the systems approach, Thursday and Saturday will likely be washouts for much of the region. Some spots may even soak up close to their entire average rainfall for September by the time the second system clears the region on Sunday.

Gusty winds will help to add that autumnal flavour to the latter half of the week, with some of the strongest expected to roll in with Saturday's system.

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While this will be something to watch in terms of downed trees and possible power outages -- particularly after days of heavy rain softens the ground -- winds are not currently expected to reach warning criteria.

A FALSE START TO FALL?

While this rainy pattern might look more at home later in the year, B.C. residents won't have to say goodbye to summer just yet. Warmer and drier weather is expected to return next week as a ridge of high pressure builds into the coast.

WATCH BELOW: IMPRESSIVE LIGHTNING SHOW SPARKS B.C. BRUSH FIRES

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