Record highs could fall in the Southern Interior today or Friday

No weather records, yet

Despite the heat wave we've been experiencing across the Southern Interior the past 10 days, no weather records have yet fallen.

In fact, Environment Canada meteorologist Carmen Hartt says weather records for the entire province remain intact.

"Climatologically, this is the hottest time of the year in the Southern Interior," says Hartt, speaking of the final week of July and the first week of August.

"Records date back to the late 1880s, so they can be hard to beat."

That being said, Hartt says, with temperatures expected in the high 30s today and Friday, there is a chance some long-established records could fall, including one in Penticton dating back to 1930.

Here is a look at record high temperatures for key locations within the Southern Interior:

City July 30 (year) July 31
Kelowna 39.4 (2003 39.4
Penticton 36.7 (1930 36.7
Osoyoos 38.3 (1971) 39.6
Vernon 37.4 (2018) 37.7
Kamloops 38.9 (1971) 40.6

While this is typically the hottest time of the year, only one temperature record for the last two days of the month officially topped 40 C. 

Hartt says temperatures will begin to moderate somewhat on the weekend, with highs in the lower 30s as the high pressure ridge over the province begins to break down.

She says that could lead to some unsettled conditions, bringing with it a chance of some isolated showers and thunderstorms.

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