Heat scorches records

Forget an egg on a sidewalk, it’s hot enough to melt the record book

Forget an egg on a sidewalk, it’s hot enough to melt the record book.

The temperature soared to 34.2 Celsius in Vernon Monday, cracking the previous all-time high for June 8, which was 31.1 in 1908.

“It’s really smashing a record,” said Lisa Coldwells, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

The normal daytime temperature for this time of the year is 23.

The scorching heat had local residents heading for shade and air-conditioned homes and vehicles, and in some cases, they were plunging into Kalamalka Lake.

But the heat wave has created challenges for Vernon’s homeless and transient population.

“We’ve had more people coming in and they’re asking for water,” said Lisa Anderson, with the Upper Room Mission. “But our building is so hot so it’s been difficult.”

Similar weather conditions have been reported across B.C.

“There were 14 records set around the province,” said Coldwells.

Among them was a blistering 36.7 in Penticton.

“It is unusually warm for the beginning of June,” said Coldwells.

Vernon’s forecast high for Tuesday was 31 and depending on conditions, Coldwells says it may have been possible to break the June 9 record of 32.2 in 1969.

“If you like heat, this is the perfect week for you,” said Coldwells. “The bulk of the week will still be very warm — close to 30 if not 30.”

However, get ready to cool off as a cold front is expected to move into the North Okanagan late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

“The temperature (Friday) will only be 21. It will be a dramatic change,” said Coldwells.