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Heat shatters records in the Okanagan, more on the way

Shade was at a premium in Rotary Park this weekend as temperatures soared into the 30s in Penticton.
June 06, 2016 - 7:15 AM

OKANAGAN - New high temperature records were set around the region yesterday and with the heat set to stick around for at least a few more days, more records could be set this week.

Environment Canada recorded new record temperatures in about 16 B.C. communities yesterday, June 5, and many of them were in the Southern Interior. In Vernon, a high of 35 Celsius shattered the previous 1969 record of 33.3 C while at 35 C Kelowna passed its 1969 record by more than half a degree. At 32.8 C, Penticton fell short of its 35.6 C record set in 1969.

Blue River, Clinton, Kamloops, Lytton, Merritt, Osoyoos and Princeton also set new records.

The weather office is calling for a high of 36 C throughout the valley today, 34 C tomorrow and 31 C Wednesday. By Thursday the high is finally expected to stay below 30 C, with a high of 28 C forecast for the Okanagan.

The current high temperature records for June 6 range from 33.9 C in Vernon to 35 C in Penticton while June 7 records range from 34.4 C in Vernon to 35 C in Penticton. The seasonal normal high for this time of year is 24 C.

Overnight lows are expected to remain above the seasonal normal low of 10 C, with Environment Canada calling for temperatures to dip to between 14 C and 19 C this week.

We can expect sunshine to join the heat much of the week, with sunshine in the forecast today followed by mainly sunny Tuesday and a mix of sun and cloud for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday we can expect cloud cover to roll over the valley followed by a chance of showers Friday evening.

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