Vancouver: Cooler, wetter weather is moderating drought conditions across northeastern B-C, as the latest drought levels map shows just three regions are still at the most severe drought level, down from seven a week ago.

The north and east Peace basins and the Fort Nelson basin are ranked at Level 5, which means adverse impacts from drought are almost certain, but other areas, from the south Peace basin west to the Bulkley-Lakes region have dipped to Level 4.

Regions of the Boundary, Similkameen and Nicola Valley are also at Level 4, but the map shows all of coastal B-C – except areas around the Lower Mainland and east of Campbell River – are now listed at drought level zero, meaning no drought impacts at all.

Analysts have said moderate, steady rain is needed through the fall so parched soils can absorb as much moisture as possible before freeze-up. — The Canadian Press

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