FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -The beginning of 2021 has come with unusually warm temperatures in the Peace Region, especially for the La Nina season.

According to Lisa Erven, a Meteorologist with Environment Canada, the Peace Region’s mild temperatures go back to late November. In December, there were some cold spurts, but it’s been a very mild La Nina for the most part.

La Nina is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures.

Erven says the La Nina is still taking place, just not in the usual way.

“This year, instead of that sort of more classic textbook La Nina pattern setting up, we’re getting weather systems coming off of the Pacific and approaching the province from the southwest.”

Erven adds it’s not just the Peace Region experiencing warmer temperatures, but it’s province-wide.

The warmer temperatures should last the next ten or so days, and then we can expect some cooler temperatures near the end of January and into February.