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High temperature records broken in two Okanagan cities

Some weather records were broken in the Okanagan on the first day of spring, Wednesday, March 19, 2019. Kelowna and Vernon set new daytime high temperature records.
March 21, 2019 - 11:12 AM

British Columbia continues to bask in unseasonably warm weather, as temperature records fell in two Okanagan cities yesterday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says Kelowna broke the high temperature record yesterday, March 20, reaching a high of 16.3 Celsius. The previous high was 16.2 C set in 1988. Sekhon says the records go back to 1899 in Kelowna.

Vernon's daytime high temperature of 15.8 C yesterday also set a record. It edged the old old record of 15.6 C set in 1915. Vernon’s records date back to 1900.

Across the province, 42 high temperature records were shattered Tuesday and 48 were broken yesterday.

Sekhon says the high pressure ridge responsible for the phenomenal early spring weather is starting to shift eastward, which will result in some showery conditions on the weekend as more seasonal conditions are expected to return to the region by next week.

He says freezing levels will also start dropping as temperatures return to more seasonal values.

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