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Potential for record breaking heat in the Okanagan this week

Some hot days are ahead for the Okanagan valley this week.
July 27, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Weather for the next few days in the Okanagan can be summed up in one word – hot.

But will any temperature records fall this week?

Environment Canada says there won’t be a day in the next seven where the daily high is less than 30 Celsius.

There is a heat warning for the Okanagan that is calling for a strong ridge of high pressure to dominate weather conditions over the valley at least until Friday.

Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says Thursday's high could threaten existing high temperature records.

"High temperature records for this time of year are generally above 37 C, so Thursday's expected high of 37 C could potentially crack some records," Sekhon says.

A weather pattern change is expected Friday, which could potentially bring showers or thunderstorms to the area. Sekhon reminds residents to stay hydrated, stay cool and make sure pets and children aren't left in vehicles.

Today should be sunny with winds northwest at 20 km/h in the morning.

It’s going to be hot, up to 35 Celsius anticipated in Vernon and Kelowna, 36 C in Penticton, with a low overnight of 17 C.

Tuesday should see sunny conditions with northwest winds at 20 km/h in the afternoon.

Tuesday’s high is expected to reach 33 C in Vernon, 35 C in Kelowna and Penticton, with a low of 16 C.

Midweek should see the hot weather continue with a high of 34 C under sunny skies. Wednesday’s low should dip to 17 C.

More sun is forecast for Thursday with a high of 37 C and a low of 20 C under cloudy skies expected.

Temperatures should begin moderating on Friday, with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 33 C expected.

A sun and cloud mix on Saturday and Sunday should be accompanied by highs of 31 C and 30 C respectively.

Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton normally experience a high of 27 C and a low of 12 C in late July.

It’s hot on the prairies this week, too, with The Weather Network calling for the hottest temperatures of 2020 for the eastern prairies this week.

Calgary and Edmonton could reach highs of 31 C by Tuesday before possible thunderstorms return to the area.

In Ontario, the province’s current heat wave is expected to come to an end today as a cold front brings severe storm potential including torrential rain and hail.

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