Hot start to August in the Okanagan

A mix of heat and rain is expected this week.


OKANAGAN - It was a hot and sunny August long weekend in the Okanagan but expect things will cool off a bit during the week.

Temperatures easily soared above the 30 Celsius mark every day this past weekend and while today, Aug. 4, will see the mercury hit just above seasonal normals things will cool off for a couple of days mid-week.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 29 Celsius today but a high of only 23 C tomorrow and 20 C Thursday. Temperatures will again warm up to 30 C by Saturday.

Along with the cooler temperatures will come at least a chance of rain throughout the Okanagan. The skies will clear today but then there is a 60 per cent chance tomorrow afternoon and evening, along with a risk of thunderstorms, and then showers on Thursday. We can expect a mix of sun and cloud heading into the weekend.

According to the weather office the average high temperature recorded in Vernon for July was 30 C, with an extreme high of 37.6 C recorded on July 9. In total 31.6 millimetres of rain was recorded at the government weather station during July.

In Kelowna it was a bit warmer, with an average high of 30.6 C. The extreme high recorded was also 37.6 C on July 9 but only 3.8 mm of rain was recorded at the airport. The weather station did not record data for five days in Kelowna.

In Penticton it was even warmer, with an average high of 31.3 C and an extreme high of 37.5 C recorded on July 20. The weather station recorded 27 mm of rain during the month.

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