Unsettled June weather will stretch into July

June was cooler, wetter

No records of note were broken, but if you thought June was cooler, and wetter than normal across the Okanagan, you're correct.

While rainfall data for the Central, and South Okanagan are not available, Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says records from Vernon are representative of what communities up and down the valley experienced last month.

"We saw precipitation about 122 per cent of normal for June - about 12 millimetres more than we get on average," said Sekhon.

"We saw 72 millimetres in the month of June, and average is 59 millimetres."

Sekhom says it is important to note that June is typically the wettest month of the year on average in the Okanagan.

"We generally expect it to be wet, but this year we did have a few systems come through that delivered some pretty healthy doses of precipitation, and also some severe thunderstorms that added to some local downpours in some areas."

Vernon weather records date back to 1900, and Sekhon says it would require a significant amount of rainfall to even crack the Top 10. Still, he says June 2020 did turn out to be the 18th wettest on record.

In terms of temperature, Sekhon says the Okanagan was about 1.4 degrees Celsius cooler than the average June.

Looking ahead, he says we can expect much the same for the first part of July.

"Overall, in terms of the weather pattern, we're not seeing any strong ridges of high pressure building up over the next week or two that would deliver hot, dry periods for the Okanagan.

"It's remaining in a general troughy pattern, which means showers generally with breaks of a weak pattern where we could actually get some sunshine. But, nothing strong we're seeing in the weather pattern in the coming week or two."

He added while patterns remain unsettled, there are no signs of any major precipitation events either. That does come with a caveat.

"But, I will mention our weather models as of recently have not been performing very well in predicting heavy rainfall events. So, I would caution to keep an eye of the forecast as we move into July," he said.

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