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Third day of record highs in Interior

Warm temperatures have affected some ski hills in the area. Apex Mountain will be making the call today which terrain to open this weekend.
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December 12, 2014 - 10:33 AM


THOMPSON- OKANAGAN - For the third day in a row more high temperatures records were set in the region Thursday.

According to temperatures recorded by Environment Canada Vernon set a new record with a high of 12.6 Celsius Thursday, more than three degrees higher than the previous record set in 1939, and Kelowna also set a new record high at 11 C, the previous record of 10 C was set in 1939 as well.

Kamloops fell just shy of a record with a high of 14 C while Penticton came up just short of a record with a high of 10.4 C Thursday.

Kamloops and Penticton will stay steady at 8 C today though the wind will become light this morning. Vernon and Kelowna will warm to 5 C to 7 C. Temperatures will be a few degrees cooler Saturday and will drop to seasonal normals of about 0 C by Sunday and will remain that way through next week. A mix of sun and cloud is expected throughout the weekend.

Kamloops set new high temperature records on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Vernon and Kelowna both set new records on Wednesday while Penticton has been just shy of a record the last couple of days.

Many highway passes recorded snowfall Thursday, though not more than a few centimetres. Temperatures are currently around 0 C at the passes and the Coquihalla Summit will likely have showers today while precipitation is expected to end this morning on the Okanagan Connector and the Coquihalla north of Merritt.

The warm weather caused some icy spots at the local ski hills but nothing outside of normal for this time of year, according to spokespeople at both Big White and Sun Peaks. Fresh snow at both resorts Thursday and Friday have both hopeful for another good weekend of skiing.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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