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Osoyoos, Lytton broke record high July 30 temperatures

July 31, 2020 - 11:16 AM

One of the Southern Interior's cities has broken a heat record.

Osoyoos' hottest July 30 record was 38.3 C set in 1971, according to Environment Canada. Yesterday's heat wave broke that record with 39.3 C.

“There’s a bit more cloud today so I’m a little concerned we won’t see more records,” said Doug Lundquist, meteorologist with Environment Canada. “It looks like that cloud is moving out of Osoyoos now so there’s a chance we could break a record in the Okanagan or Thompson today.”

Temperature records were also broken in Lytton at 41.4 C. The old record was set in 2018 at 41.1. Port Hardy also broke yesterday's temperature record with 24.6 C. The previous record was set in 2009 at 24.2 C. Princeton tied its old record with 37.5 which was set in 2003.

A heat warning is currently in effect for the Okanagan Valley, Shuswap and North Thompson regions of the Interior. The heat is expected to continue through Friday.

“A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions,” according to the Environment Canada weather statement.

“On Saturday, temperatures will begin to moderate over parts of the southern interior as the ridge of high pressure shifts east. However, temperatures will remain warm with daytime highs above 30 degrees Celsius expected through Sunday.”

There’s also a chance of thunderstorms today and on Monday in the Okanagan. Severe thunderstorm warnings are already in effect in other areas of the province, according to Environment Canada's website.

READ MORE: Chance of severe thunderstorms over Kamloops, Okanagan this weekend

“It’s the middle of summer, you have to expect that,” Lundquist said, adding that hot sun and warm temperatures make for ideal thunderstorm temperatures.

“The next event comes Monday with a cold front and maybe more thunderstorms,” he said.

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