Environment Canada calling for rain and thunderstorms today

Rain may not prevent fires

UPDATE 12:19 p.m.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon said a cold front is causing the unsettled conditions that will bring rain and lighting the region, but he warns there may not be enough rain to douse a fire should it start.

“It will be basically today and into this evening and then tomorrow and Saturday look fairly dry and gradually warming up,” said Sekhon.

“The showers should be gone by this evening and it should be warming up by Sunday.”

Sekhon said there is going to be a mix of showers and dry days with the possibility of showers early next week.

Sekhon said there will be some showers accompanying the lightning “but it might not be enough to stop forest fires. It's going to be a bit tricky. There will be showers, but it might not be enough to douse the flames.”

Sekhon said there will likely be more rain east of the Okanagan and into the Thompson area.

Southern Interior residents weary of the summer heat will get a brief reprieve today.

Environment Canada is calling for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon with a high of just 24 C, a full 10 degrees cooler than recent highs.

However, as of 9 a.m., no special weather advisory had been issued.

There is a 70 per cent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the North and Central Okanagan regions later today.

Forecasters are also expecting periods of rain and thunderstorms in Kamloops and Penticton this afternoon.

However, a return to sunny skies is forecast through the weekend, but temperatures are expected to reach only the low 20s Friday and Saturday.

The thermometer is expected to bounce back to 29 C by Sunday and Monday.

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