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Sunshine to start Thanksgiving long weekend in Okanagan

Patchy fog should give way to sunny skies on Saturday in the Okanagan, but rain is expected Monday, Oct. 8, 2019.
October 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

OKANAGAN - Okanagan residents can look forward to a mostly pleasant Thanksgiving holiday weekend with sunny skies prevailing through Sunday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan says a system moving down the B.C. coast today, Oct. 5, may result in some rain in the Okanagan.

The forecast calls increasing clouds today with a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon and evening, and a high of 11 Celsius. There is a chance of patchy frost overnight.

The return of a ridge of high pressure on Saturday will see a return to sunshine after some morning fog and a high of 14 C.

Saturday night the temperatures will dip to freezing before bouncing back to 12 C under sunny skies on Sunday.

Clouds will roll in Sunday afternoon, however, and valley residents can expect to see periods of rain with a high of 10 C on holiday Monday, with overnight lows hovering around 5 C.

The Okanagan may see up to 20 mm of rain through Tuesday, with freezing levels dropping to between 1,800 and 2,000 feet.

Normal highs and lows for Kelowna this time of year are 15 C and 4 C.

Castellan says in spite of October being only five days old, the average monthly temperature for October has so far been trending a full degree below normal for this time of year at 7.8 C compared to a normal 8.8 C. He says the cooler trend is expected to continue.

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