Penticton sets cold temperature record, Kamloops and Kelowna come close

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If you thought yesterday was especially cold in the Southern Interior, you were right.

Penticton set a cold temperature record yesterday, with a low of -18.6 C, making it the coldest Feb. 20 on record, beating out the previous coldest temperature of -18 C set in 1986.

That's according to Environment Canada and Climate Change meteorologist Lisa West, who says cities across the region got close to record temperatures.

The coldest temperature in the region yesterday was in Kamloops, with a low of -20.3 C, falling just short of the title of the coldest Feb. 20 in history, which was set in 1949 with a low of -25.6 C.

West says numbers are not available for how much snow has accumulated in Kamloops this month, but we already know what happened there.

"It’s actually been quite a bit wetter," she says. “We’re almost three times (the average) and we still have a few days left in February.”

The total precipitation in the city this month, which includes rain and melted snow, is 34.2 millimetres, compared to a February average of 12.4 millimetres.

It's a similar story in Kelowna, where a drop in temperatures came close to setting a new record for yesterday's date.

Kelowna's low yesterday came in at -18.7 C, just shy of the previous record of -19.4 C in 1957. The coldest February day on record in the city was -25.3 C set on Feb. 1, 1996.

West says Kelowna's precipitation totals are slightly higher than years previous, but remain fairly close to average.

Vernon got as low as -21.5 C, but didn't breaking any temperature records.

Temperatures in the Thompson-Okanagan should be warming up to above 0 C by early next week, according to Environment Canada's weather forecast.

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