March 12, 2015 - 8:45 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Though the spring equinox is still just over a week away the spring-like weather has resulted in temperatures reaching the mid- to high-teens most days this past week, warm enough for several new records.
On Wednesday, March 11, Kamloops hit 19.9 Celsius, shattering previous weather records of 17.8 C last recorded back in 1910. Vernon also set a new record, for the second day in a row, with a temperature of 16.7 C Wednesday while Summerland hit 18.5 C, also enough for a new record. Williams Lake and Castlegar came away with new high temperature records.
At 16.4 C Kelowna fell just short of the 16.7 C record set in 1900 while Penticton, at 18.6 C, also fell just shy of a 1930 record. Both cities set new records on Monday.
According to Environment Canada we can expect temperatures to reach 14 C to 16 C, which will likely fall short of the records ranging from 16 C to 20.6 C, throughout the region. The Okanagan can expect a chance of rain today and Saturday while the entire region will see rain on Monday.
Both Kamloops and Penticton will also experience strong winds today.
The warming temperatures and forecast rain also have Avalanche Canada warning of an increased avalanche risk as upper snowpacks are destabilized.
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