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B.C. flood risk will stay till July, forecasters alert

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British Columbia has the peak window of spring snowmelt, but specialists say the risks of flooding will continue for weeks, with record snow in the mountains and erratic climate in the forecast.

Dave Campbell, head of the River Forecast Centre, stated they consider the flood runoff into rivers and lakes has reached its height. Still, snow is anticipated to continue melting for the following two weeks. He said the uncertainty in snowpack melt this year means a greater risk of flooding will persist into July.

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British Columbia has the peak window of spring snowmelt, but specialists say the risks of flooding will continue for weeks, with record snow in the mountains and erratic climate in the forecast

Armel Castellan, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, stated the prediction for July shows drier and hotter conditions for the province.

Campbell said the hot weather scenario remains a “key concern” for flood risk after record snow fell this year and was late to melt, with a continued challenge of “ongoing, unsettled” precipitation in the short term.

Source – cbc.ca

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