Cold weather records shattered in Vernon and Kelowna

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It was so cold in Vernon and Kelowna last night that 100-year-old temperature records were shattered. Kamloops and Penticton missed out on a record low, but not by much.

In Vernon, the mercury plummeted to -16.4 Celsius, several degrees cooler than the previous cold weather record set in 1973 when it was -12.8 C, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist.

In Kelowna, the temperature dropped to -11.5 C, breaking the old 2003 record of -9.5 C.

It was a cold night in Penticton and Kamloops as well, but not record-breaking. In Penticton, the temperature dropped to -8 C, not cold enough to break the record of -8.9. Kamloops got down to -13.9 C, but the record there was -14.2 C.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Lundquist says of the chilly weather. “At Christmas sometimes it isn’t even this cold.”

He says this type of cool weather doesn’t usually arrive until late November or early December, putting things about two to three weeks early.

Lundquist says there’s a good chance Vernon and Kelowna will break records again tonight before the weather starts to warm back up into the weekend.

In the Okanagan, the ice wine harvest got underway early this morning at the Summerhill Estate Winery, the earliest harvest in 25 years.

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