November in the Okanagan was the warmest on record

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OKANAGAN – Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops all broke records for the warmest November and it wasn’t even close.

With a mean temperature of 6.8 C in Kelowna, November 2016 was more than five degrees warmer than it was in 2015.

Meteorologist for Environment Canada Ross Macdonald says the combined average since 1968 is usually only a couple degrees above freezing in the valley.

“It’s been a significantly warm month right across the southern half of B.C.,” he says. “15 of the last 30 days hit double digits, on average we only see 4.”

Macdonald says the rest of the Interior was also exceptionally warm with an average of 8.1 C in Kamloops when it usually sits around 2.1.

An average November day in Vernon has high temperature of 0.6 C, however this year it was 6.4 C. He says the November temperature data for Penticton isn't available yet.

And it wasn't just warmer last month, it was drier.

“In terms of precipitation all of the areas were slightly below normal but nothing too out of ordinary,” he says.

As for what to expect for next month, Macdonald says you should probably get those winter clothes ready.

“A lot of our outlook is starting to point to a cooler pattern setting up,” he says. “It will likely get below freezing during first week of December.”


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