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June was cloudy in Kamloops and the Okanagan but there wasn’t much rain

Unless there are major downpours over the next two days, Kamloops and the Okanagan will record the driest June in the last few years despite how cloudy it has been of late.

It's been drier even than 2021 when the region suffered through the record-breaking heat dome.

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Kelowna to date has recorded only 5.1 millimetres of rain compared to an average of 29.3 mm over the previous five years. Last June 68.3 mm of rain fell in the city while 13.5 mm fell in 2021. The driest of the previous five years was in 2020 when 5.8 mm of rain fell.

The picture is not quite as clear for Kamloops since the Environment Canada website is missing precipitation recordings for all of June 2020. So far this year, Kamloops has received 11.6 mm of rain, compared to an average of 25.3 mm for four of the previous five years.

There is a 30% chance of showers today, June 26, and 30% tomorrow in Kamloops and the Okanagan with temperatures forecast to reach 30 Celsius today.

The forecast is for sunshine from Wednesday through Sunday with temperatures climbing to 34 C in the Okanagan and 35 C in Kamloops on Sunday.

The Environment Canada forecast only goes to Sunday. AcuWeather shows it cooling down to the mid-20s next week.

Penticton also has no recording for rainfall for June 2020. It has seen 2.3 mm of rain so far this year versus an average of 32 mm. Vernon had 10.9 mm of rain so far this year, compared to 53.8 mm on average over the past five years.

This dry June follows on months of unusually dry weather in the region.

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Kelowna had only 45% of its normal rainfall from March through May while Kamloops was at 42%, Vernon at 56% and Penticton at 77% of normal.

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