Cool, wet week in store for the Okanagan

OKANAGAN - The mercury has dropped and rain is expected to fall as summer break wraps up this week.

With Environment Canada calling for high temperatures to only reach the mid- to high-teens all week, you can expect temperatures to remain quite a bit below seasonal normals of 23 Celsius for a high and 11 C for a low.

The weather office is calling for a high of just 15 C in Vernon today, Aug. 31, and 16 C Tuesday. The rest of the week Vernon can expect temperatures to reach the high-teens while Kelowna and Penticton residents can expect temperatures to reach the high-teens all week.

Overnight lows are a much different story, with temperatures expected to be near seasonal normal lows of 11 C Monday and Tuesday nights but then dropping to just 5 C and 3 C Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Along with the cooler temperatures at least a chance of rain is expected over the Okanagan throughout the week, beginning with showers today. Strong winds, gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour, are expected in the Kelowna area, while the South Okanagan can expect winds to gust up to 50 km/h today.

The smoky skies advisory in place since southerly winds pushed smoke from wildfires south of the border into the region was ended by Environment Canada this afternoon. The air quality health index is expected to peak a moderate level of five today.

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— This story was updated at 12:35 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 to indicate the air quality advisory had been ended by Environment Canada.

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