March 28, 2013 - 12:06 PM
By Julie Whittet
If you're deciding what to do for the long weekend, you'll want to head outdoors. Temperatures are expected to rise over the next few days, with more clear skies ahead. Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says, “what we have is strong ridge of high pressure that will keep skies sunny for the next week or so.”
“The daytime highs will push into the 20s with a strong ridge of high pressure.”
But those travelling to and from Alberta might want to exercise a bit more caution. Lundquist says between Sunday and Monday, “there is still winter weather possible in mountain passes on the BC-Alberta border.” While Edmonton is expecting a temperature of -2 and chance of snow on Easter Sunday, Lundquist says, “the forecast high for Kelowna is about 20 degrees,” and may even reach 21 to 22 degrees.
Over a dozen local parks that have been closed since last November will re-open tomorrow, April 29th. For a list of the 15 parks opening just in time for the weekend, visit the Central Okanagan Regional district website.
Most importantly, don't forget to travel safe this weekend.
Const. Kris Clark of the Kelowna RCMP says, “Easter weekend is basically one of the first weekends of the year where people will travel.”
“Unfortunately when roads are dry and the sun is out, people tend to increase their speeds.”
According to ICBC, Easter Weekend brings an average of 2,200 car crashes throughout the province, and an average of four deaths. “Obviously we want to reduce that number to zero,” says Clark.
He says all motorists are advised to “slow down and keep your attention on the road.”
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