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Temperature records toppled in Thompson Okanagan cities

A new record high temperature for Aug. 16 was set in Penticton yesterday as the temperature peaked at 36.5 Celsius. Record highs were also recorded in Cache Creek and Summerland.
August 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

It was record-breaking hot in the Thompson and Okanagan yesterday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Colin Tam says high-temperature records were shattered in several communities yesterday as the mercury soared under a strong ridge of high-pressure building over the Southern Interior.

Cache Creek set a new high temperature of 39.8 Celsius, breaking the old record of 38.9 C, set in 1967, with records going back to 1912.

Penticton also set a new record of 36.5 C, smashing the old record of 35.6 C, set in 1967. Penticton records go back to 1907.

Summerland reached 36.8 C yesterday, Aug. 16, breaking the old record of 36.5 C set in 2008. Summerland records date back to 1907.

Tam says other cities came close but didn’t quite break into new territory.

Kamloops reached 37.9 C, shy of the record 38.6 C set in 2008.

Kelowna got up to 35.8 C, close but not breaking the record of 37.9 C, also set in 2008.

Osoyoos was 37.8 C yesterday, but that didn’t beat the previous record high of 39.4 C, set in 1967.

Vernon reached 36.1 C yesterday, close to the record 37.4 C set in 2008.

Tam says the hot weather is expected to continue at least until mid-week, with a low-pressure system forecast to bring showers and temperature in the upper 20s C to the region by Friday.

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