December 11, 2014 - 7:59 AM
BACK TO NORMALS BY SUNDAY
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - As temperatures soared as high as 15 degrees above seasonal normals more weather records were broken across the region Wednesday.
According to Environment Canada, temperatures reached 15.6 Celsius in Kamloops Wednesday, nearly three degrees higher than the previous record for the second day in a row, while Vernon reached 13.4 C and Kelowna 12.7 C, both enough to break the previous record of 11.1 C set in 1946 for both cities.
Penticton fell just short of a record Wednesday, hitting 10.4 C, a bit shy of the current record of 12.2 C. Today Penticton could see a record broken with a high of 11 C forecast and a current record high of 10.4 C on the books.
Today rain and strong winds will hit much of the region and temperatures will reach anywhere from 7 C to 11 C. Friday will again see similar temperatures, with Kamloops expecting more wind and rain, and by Sunday temperatures will drop to seasonal normals of 0 C across the Southern Interior.
The warm temperatures have melted a lot of the snow on the ground on the highways but are leading to the increase in avalanche risk in the backcountry. Considerable to high risks of avalanche activity are being forecast by Avalanche Canada in the treeline and alpine regions.
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