Warm, sunny weather marks start of summer in B.C.

The weather in Vancouver and across most of the province is heating up this week. (Justine Boulin/CBC - image credit)

Warm, sunny weather is in the forecast for much of the province as summer begins.

Southwestern B.C. will be warming up this week, according to CBC science communicator Darius Mahdavi, with "nothing but sunshine" for most places.

Mahdavi said Metro Vancouver can expect temperatures of 21 C on the water on Wednesday and 25 C inland, but said it could feel like 28 C with the humidity.

By Thursday and Friday, temperatures could get up to 29 C inland in the region, Mahdavi said.

"Drink lots of water. Soak it up," he advised. "Go in the ocean. That's what I'm going to do."

Canada's weather forecasting agency Environment Canada is predicting some cloud and a possibility of showers on Monday.

In Victoria, Environment Canada is predicting sunshine and scattered cloud through the next several days, with highs of up to 24 C. Further north in Campbell River, temperatures could climb to 27 C, the weather agency says, with a chance of showers on Sunday and Monday.

Kamloops and Kelowna are looking at sunshine and 27 C on Thursday and 28 C on Friday — a few degrees above seasonal averages, according to Environment Canada.

Mahdavi said all that sun brings the chance of thundershowers throughout much of the Interior at times this week, including Wednesday, and says residents should expect storms to pop up in the afternoons and evenings.

In the centre of the province, Environment Canada says Prince George could see some showers and thundershowers over the next couple of days, with sunshine and 26 C forecast for Friday.

Further north, Environment Canada is forecasting sunshine and 26 C for Fort St. John on Friday and Saturday, but cloud and rain will appear on Sunday and through next week.

On the North Coast, Prince Rupert is looking at sun and 15 C on Wednesday and Thursday, Environment Canada says, but as the weekend approaches it's back to periods of rain for the next several days.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, 110 active wildfires are burning in B.C., most of which are in the northeast.

Because the weather has been cool and wet in the lead-up to these warmer days, Mahdavi said the risk of fire starts is lower. However, as temperatures begin to rise in the coming weeks, the risk will increase, he said.

The province is still in the grip of a months-long drought. Agriculture Canada classifies the majority of the province between "abnormally dry" and "exceptional drought."