07/10/2015 12:52 EDT | Updated 07/10/2016 05:59 EDT

B.C.'s heat wave coming to an end

The hot, dry weather that had a grip on B.C. has come to an end, with cooler temperatures and rain in the forecast for most regions throughout the weekend and into next week.

Any rain, however little, will be welcomed by many gardeners and homeowners, after many South Coast municipalities moved to restrict or ban lawn sprinkling in order to conserve water.

However it remains unclear if the forecast precipitation will be enough to prompt authorities to lift those restrictions, or to help firefighters battling nearly 200 wildfires burning around the province.

Low snow packs in the mountains from a warm winter, and hot dry weather this spring have left many municipal water reservoirs well below normal seasonal levels.

Despite the recent string of warm days and nights, much of B.C. was not officially in a heat wave, which is defined by Environment Canada as three straight days with maximum temperatures over 32 C.

But it is likely the hot, dry weather will return sometime soon, based on long-range forecasts issued this spring that blamed the conditions on a warm blob of water in the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast.