Rain, rain again today

The Vernon Recreation Center is just one of the polling stations available in the riding.

VERNON - The North Okanagan awoke to thunder and lightning around 4:15 a.m. Friday, and a whole lot of rain.

Environment Canada is predicting about 10 mm of rain to fall today (and a further 10-15mm tonight) which would easily surpass the historical record of 7mm in 1999.

The forecasters have continued the Special Weather Statement that was originally issued Thursday.

The potential for heavy rainfall across all of southern B.C. continues today and through to Saturday morning.

An area of low pressure over Washington State will slowly move eastwards today and over the weekend. Heavy showers and thunderstorms have spread over the Southern Interior with some regions expecting upwards of 40 mm by Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters are thinking eastern section of the Interior will get the heavier rain. Rainfall or severe thunderstorm watches or warnings might be issued once they figure where the heavier bands of precipitation are tracking.

Into next week, the forecast is brighter for the North Okanagan. Highs of around 27 C accompany clear skies Monday through Thursday.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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