Wind gusting to 70 km/h, up to 50 mm of rain expected in Metro Vancouver, weather statements warn

Wind at English Bay in Vancouver. (Shutterstock)

A cold front crossing southern B.C. prompted a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver Wednesday.

Environment Canada says gusts ranging between 50 and 70 km/h are expected starting in the morning and lasting through the evening.

"The strongest winds are expected near the Strait of Georgia. These winds will persist through the afternoon and ease tonight," Environment Canada's statement warns.

"These winds may toss small loose objects, or cause small tree branches to break."

The statement was issued for Metro Vancouver, the Southern Gulf Islands and Howe Sound. As of 1 p.m., no warnings or notices were posted by BC Ferries of impacts to sailings.

Besides wind, Vancouver is expected to see mostly sun throughout the day Wednesday. Highs are predicted to reach 17 C and dip to 9 C overnight.

Thursday is also expected to be sunny, but there might be periods of rain heading into Friday. After that, Environment Canada's forecast shows, the area is in for at least five straight days of wet weather, which led to a second advisory being issued by the agency.

That notice was issued Wednesday morning, warning rain could be heavy at times starting Thursday night through Friday. About 30 to 50 millimetres is expected to accumulate.

"A robust frontal system will approach the B.C. coast on Thursday," the advisory says.

"By Thursday night rain will begin over South Coast regions with the heaviest rain expected through the day on Friday. Rain will ease overnight Friday as the frontal band passes through.