The heat is on

Anyone who has spent a summer in the Okanagan knows the thermostat typically reaches balmy temperatures in the high 20’s to low 30’s, and this year we can expect more of the same.

In fact, Environment Canada is forecasting above normal temperatures all across the province this summer, and the Okanagan is no exception.

The probabilistic forecasts are based on a 90-day span from the beginning of June through to the end of August.

“Based on the guidance there, it is suggesting that it will be warmer than normal on average for those 90-days,” says meteorologist Ross Macdonald

“We’ll have to see how that actually works out, but that’s what it’s indicating there.”

Macdonald admits it’s hard to comment on exactly how much warmer things will be in the Okanagan, but says people can comfortably expect warms spells of weather this summer.

“In terms of record breaking temperatures, they are always a possibility, but its hard to say anything specifically, other than there will be slightly above normal temperatures.”

That is good news to sun worshippers found at City Park.

Ashley says it’s been kind of a slow start, but she’s looking forward to the sunshine.

And Josh agrees, while also pointing out that July and August tend to be the best months.

But we shouldn’t expect any record-breaking temperatures over the next week, notes Macdonald. In fact we are currently in the midst of an unsettled period.

 “There have been showers through the area and those will likely continue through the afternoon with maybe a thunderstorm,” he says.

“And even through the weekend, it’s looking pretty unsettled for this time of year and slightly lower than normal temperatures.

Following a somewhat stormy weekend forecast, Monday is calling for sunshine and 27 degrees.


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