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May had lots of days with rain, but little overall rainfall in the Okanagan

Rain falls on a vineyard overlooking Skaha Lake.
May 30, 2016 - 11:30 AM

OKANAGAN - With rain recorded roughly a third of the days this past month you may not believe it, but it was actually a dry May for the Okanagan.

Environment Canada recorded 35.9 millimetres of rain in Vernon form May 1 through May 29, just shy of the normal monthly average of 40.1 mm, while Kelowna received just 30 mm of rain, down from the 39.2 mm which normally falls in May. In Penticton it was even drier, with just 26.4 mm of precipitation falling, down nearly a third from the seasonal monthly average of 39.3 mm.

Kelowna received rain nine days of the month, while Vernon had 13 days with at least a trace and Penticton at 14 days. Between May 21 and 23 Vernon received 14.4 mm of rain, Kelowna had the most rain fall on May 11, 11.7 mm, and Penticton received nearly half of its rain between May 18 and 23.

When it came to temperatures the Okanagan averaged a high of roughly 22 Celsius and a low just below 8 C through May 29, which is just above the seasonal normal average for the region.

The hottest day in Vernon and Kelowna was May 3, with highs of 28.6 C and 28.8 C recorded, while Penticton reached 29.8 C on May 7. The coolest days in the region were May 9 and 10, when lows of 2.3 C to 4.1 C were recorded.

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