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Summer likely over but long weekend forecast sunny

Sunbathers at Hot Sands Beach in Kelowna have been replaced with seagulls as the forecast calls for more wet, cool weather over the next two weeks.

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – If there will be any more hot summer days this year, they will come in the last two weeks of September, but the chances are summer is over in the Thompson-Okanagan.

Residents from Kamloops to Penticton are currently experiencing lower than average temperatures for this time of year and that probably won’t change for at least two weeks, according to a meteorologist at Environment Canada.

Historically, the average temperatures for the Interior's four largest cities at this time of year is still in the mid-20’s. The average for today, Aug. 31 is a mosdest 18 Celsius.

Meteorologist Lisa Coldwells says although summer doesn’t technically end until Sept. 21 that has little to do with the weather.

“Last week there were indications we would see a huge change in the weather and that’s what happened over the weekend,” she says. “Now it’s cool, it’s cloudy and there’s quite a lot of showers around. And it’s not moving away.”

Coldwells says the current cooler-than-normal weather will likely last until the end of next week but what happens after that is not clear.

Historically there are very few hot days that late in September but there is hope for sunny skies over the long weekend thanks to a pesky upper trough which will finally leave for the prairie provinces, she says.

“There will be a return to sunny skies and temperatures should begin to increase after that," she says. "We should begin to get close to that normal temperature of 23 C but it’s not a return to temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s. That’s not on the horizon anymore.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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