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Third day of record temperatures in the Okanagan

Joel Peters and 23-month-old Summer enjoying the record heat in Vernon yesterday, April 20, 2016.
April 21, 2016 - 7:20 AM

OKANAGAN - Another round of record temperatures were set in the Okanagan yesterday, and today presents yet another chance.

According to Environment Canada, several communities in the Okanagan were among the roughly 30 in the province to new high temperature records yesterday, April 20. With a high of 27.9 Celsius, Kelowna beat out the 26.7 C record set in 1942 while at 28.1 C, Vernon beat the 2010 record of 27.5 C. Osoyoos also set a new record with a high temperature of 29.8 C yesterday.

This was the third day of records in the Okanagan, with many communities setting records both Monday and Tuesday as well.  

With highs of up to 27 C forecast for the valley, more records could fall today before temperatures cool off slightly over the weekend. A chance of showers also begins this afternoon and is expected to persist through Sunday, along with risk of a thunderstorm today and tomorrow. In Penticton, winds are also expected to reach 30 gusting to 50 kilometres per hour today and tomorrow.

Other stations recording new record highs for April 20 include Clinton, 23.9 C, Kamloops, 29 C, Lytton, 30.7 C, and Merritt, 29.2 C. The oldest records to fall were set in 1934 — there were several that old — and Squamish beat its old record of 22 C by 9.5 degrees, which was the biggest jump in records.

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