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New weather record set in the Okanagan; heavy rain on the way

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August 13, 2015 - 4:17 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - It only took until mid-afternoon for Kelowna to tie the high temperature record for Aug. 13, and within the hour a new record was set. 

By 4 p.m. Environment Canada was reporting a temperature of 37.3 Celsius, just above the 36.7 C record set in 1990.

At 36 C, Vernon still has a bit to before hitting the 37.6 C record set in 2004 while Penticton, at 34.5 C, is still a couple degrees below the 36.8 C record set in 1990. At just 35.9 C by mid-afternoon Kamloops is still well below the 38.3 C record set in 1973.

Yesterday, Aug. 12, temperatures reached the mid-30s throughout the region but remained below record temperatures. New weather records were set in the Cache Creek and Ashcroft area, 38.9 C, as well as Lytton, 40.2 C, though.

Tomorrow temperatures will cool down throughout the region, with highs expected to reach just a couple degrees above seasonal normals of 27 C, along with showers or thunderstorms starting in the afternoon.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of heavy rainfall developing late Friday. Most areas can expect 15 to 25 millimetres of rain with 40 mm in thunderstorms. With a chance of heavy rainfall rates of 10 mm per hour, the weather office warns there is a risk of flash flooding.

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