Summer sunsets on Vancouver Island are often spectacular, causing even the most adventurous commuters to take a few minutes to pause and enjoy the colours in the sky.

We’ve had a long stretch of perfect summer weather, but there’s a brief change on the way. You may have already noticed the increasing cloud in the Capital Region.

A slow moving cold front is affecting the north and west island more than the south island this hour.

Light rain along the west coast this morning is keeping temperatures in Tofino cool and clouds have increased over many communities as the front approaches.

temps sat rad wx

Winds are also increasing offshore in advance of and behind the front.

winds now wx

As the front moves through we’ll get some rain, but not a lot. Rainfall amounts in the next 48 hours will vary widely on Vancouver Island, from a trace to just under 10 mm.

precip accum wx

The upper trough responsible for the brief change in the weather is just that: brief. A ridge of high pressure builds again Friday offering up dry, sunny and warm weather for the weekend.

The exception is the north island where unsettled weather is becoming the norm again, especially around Port Hardy.