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New records and another hot day for Okanagan

Soaking up the sun in Kelowna on a hot day. Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-30s again today.
July 09, 2015 - 8:35 AM

OKANAGAN - It was another record-breaking day in the Okanagan Wednesday and today will be much of the same.

Environment Canada shows 17 B.C. communities setting new records Wednesday, July 8, and many were in the Interior.

One of the oldest records to fall was in Kamloops, where a temperature of 38.3 Celsius was enough to beat out the old record of 37.8 C set in 1906. The biggest jump was in Clinton, where the mercury flew by the previous record by 3.4 degrees, for a new record of 34.2 C.

In Kelowna, a high of 36.5 C is now the new record for July 8 while Penticton’s new record is 36.9 and Summerland just squeaked in a new record with a high of 35.7 C yesterday.

Vernon’s high of 36.2 C yesterday also set a new record, as did the 35.7 C in Nakusp and the 36.4 C in Merritt. New records were also set in Lillooet, 39.6 C, Clearwater, 37.8 C, and Blue River, 34.5 C.

Expect much of the same today with temperatures expected to reach 35 C in Vernon and 36 C in Kelowna and Penticton, Kamloops will be a bit warmer at 38 C. Record high temperatures are in the 37 C range in the Okanagan and closer to 39 C in Kamloops.

Tomorrow and Saturday temperatures are expected to only reach the low-30s and by Sunday temperatures will drop to the high-20s in the Okanagan. While conditions will be either sunny or a mix of sun and cloud, a chance of rain will hit the Okanagan by Sunday. There is also a risk of thunderstorms for Penticton on Friday.

A smoky skies advisory remains in place for much of the Southern Interior as hundreds of wildfires burn across the province. B.C. Air Quality expects the air quality health index to be a moderate level today and tomorrow.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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