Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
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Summary of Climate Change for British Columbia in the 2050s

Climate VariableSeasonProjected Change from 1961-1990 Baseline
Ensemble MedianRange (10th to 90th percentile)
Mean Temperature (°C) Annual +1.8 °C +1.3 °C to +2.7 °C
Precipitation (%) Annual

Summer

Winter
+6%

-1%

+8%
+2% to +12%

-8% to +6%

-2% to +15%
Snowfall* (%) Winter

Spring
-10%

-58%
-17% to +2%

-71% to -14%
Growing Degree Days* (degree days) Annual +283 degree days +179 to +429 degree days
Heating Degree Days* (degree days) Annual -648 degree days -952 to -459 degree days
Frost-Free Days* (days) Annual +20 days +12 to +29 days

The table above shows projected changes in average (mean) temperature, precipitation and several derived climate variables from the baseline historical period (1961-1990) to the 2050s for the British Columbia region. The ensemble median is a mid-point value, chosen from a PCIC standard set of Global Climate Model (GCM) projections (see the 'Notes' tab for more information). The range values represent the lowest and highest results within the set. Please note that this summary table does not reflect the 'Season' choice made under the 'Region & Time' tab. However, this setting does affect results obtained under each variable tab.


* These values are derived from temperature and precipitation. Please select the appropriate variable tab for more information.