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Hot summer nights & days

If you thought June was a little drier than normal throughout Kelowna and the Central Okanagan - you're bang on.

According to figures from Environment Canada Kelowna registered 29mm of precipitation during the month of June. The average is 37mm.

That also makes it the driest June since 2011.

Last year 71.7mm of precipitation fell in June while 89.9mm of precipitation was recorded in June, 2012.

While rainfall totals were below normal levels temperatures were right around normal last month.

Doug Lundquist with Environment Canada says the average temperature in June was 17.6°C. The normal is 17.4°C.

As for the rest of the summer, Lundquist says there is an 80 per cent chance we will see temperatures above normal values throughout the summer and into September and October.

Temperature norms range from 21.4°C in July to 8.2°C in October.

Lundquist cautions higher temperatures does not necessarily mean less precipitation.

"That's not always the case. I have seen years where we have had higher temperatures and more rain," says Lundquist.

"Warm air can hold more water and what goes up must come down."

As for the next 10 days, Lundquist says a cold front is expected to roll into the Okanagan sometime this afternoon (Wednesday) dropping temperatures into the high 20s.

He expects a high pressure ridge to form soon after sending temperatures back up into the 30s by early next week.

Lundquist doesn't see any precipitation over the next 10 days.

As temperatures rise, Lundquist says it bears reminding to take shelter from the sun whenever possible, drink plenty of water and don't leave pets and small children unattended inside vehicles.


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