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Hundred year old high temperature records fall in the Southern Interior

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July 07, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Temperature records melted away in all the major cities in the Thompson-Okanagan region yesterday.

Environment Canada says Kamloops reached a sweltering 38.5 Celsius yesterday, July 6, with Kelowna's high temperature only slightly lower at 37.3 C.

In Vernon, the daytime recorded was 36.5 C and in Penticton the mercury topped out at 36.9 C.

Kamloops and Vernon both broke records that have stood more than 100 years. The previous high temperature record in Kamloops was 37.2 C recorded in 1906. Vernon surpassed the 36.1 also from July 6, 1906.

The Kelowna record has stood since 1968 when the high temperature was 34.4. In Penticton, the previous record high temperatures was 34.4 C in 1942.

Osoyoos tied the record from 1968 of 37.8 C.

The hot spot in B.C. yesterday was Warfield in the West Kootenays where the Environment Canada weather station recorded a high temperature of 39.7 C.

The forecast this weekend is for more sun with daytime highs in the mid-30’s. A chance of rain is predicted for Monday. 


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