And the rain came down

And the rain came down.

After a month and a half with no measurable precipitation in the Okanagan, the heavens opened Sunday morning.

It was raining steadily in Vernon as of 7 a.m., and there are also reports of the liquid sunshine from Kelowna and other parts of the valley.

Whether the Okanagan broke the record for driest summer ever remains to be seen. That depends on whether any measurable amounts of rain fell before midnight.

There were reports of rain in the Silver Star area Saturday evening and also in West Kelowna, though many areas were still dry. What counts is whether any precipitation fell at Environment Canada's weather stations around the valley.

The Okanagan went 44 days without any measurable rainfall up to Saturday. The previous record was set in 2003.

A frontal system moving across the Interior is forecast to bring rain across the region today.

Environment Canada is calling for rain this morning, turning to showers this afternoon, with a high of 17 C.

The precipitation is a welcome relief from recent smoky skies and could aid in wildfire fighting across the province. However, it could also bring thunderstorms, Environment Canada says.

Winds are forecast to be a light 20 km/h, gusting up to 40 km/h.

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