February 13, 2015 - 8:30 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you were hoping for cooler weather as an excuse to cuddle up with your Valentine this weekend you may have to look for a different excuse.
Environment Canada is calling for near-record high temperatures Friday through Sunday, with Penticton the most likely city to set a new record.
Penticton is expecting highs of 11 Celsius Friday, 12 C Saturday and 7 C on Sunday. Record highs recorded by the weather office currently sit at 12.5 C, 11.1 C and 10.6 C for those days. There is a chance of showers Friday evening but a mix of sun and cloud will grace the rest of the weekend.
In Kelowna, temperatures will heat up for Valentine’s Day, though will likely fall just short of the 11 C record set in 1974. Temperatures are expected to reach 9 C Friday, 10 C Saturday and 7 C on Sunday and there is a 60 per cent chance of showers this evening.
Vernon has little chance of coming anywhere near the record temperatures recorded in 1898 but is still expected to reach a balmy 8 C on Friday, 10 C Saturday and 7 C Sunday. There will likely be a few showers Friday evening before the skies clear for the rest of the weekend.
Kamloops temperatures will likely fall a few degrees short of record numbers as well. With highs of 11 C expected Friday and Saturday and 7 C on Sunday, it is unlikely to reach the 12.8 C, 14.5 C and 13.4 C records previously set. Kamloops could see rain this afternoon and evening but will get sunshine the rest of the weekend.
If you are travelling this weekend watch for debris on nearly all Interior highways. There is also a possibility of rain today with a chance of wet snow near the mountain passes. Avalanche risk currently sits at moderate to considerable throughout the region.
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