North Okanagan heat wave stalls fall

There’s definitely no complaints coming from residents soaking up the September sunshine and above normal temperatures.

There’s definitely no complaints coming from residents soaking up the September sunshine and above normal temperatures.

The mercury has steadily been above normal for this time of year, keeping lakes, beaches and other hot spots busy.

Lows of 8 and highs of 18 are typical temperatures for this week. Yet the thermometer nearly broke some ancient records recently.

“They’re definitely above normal,” said Trevor Smith, Environment Canada meteorologist. “We just missed the record Wednesday.”

A record high of 28.3 was set for Sept. 19 in 1910, and Vernon stations recorded 27.6.

“We’ll probably be close to records for the next several days,” adds Smith.

The warm trend is expected to continue with a high of 27 for today and Saturday and 28 forecast for Sunday. Monday will maintain the high 20s while temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s for Tuesday and Wednesday.

“By Tuesday it will probably feel a little bit more like fall,” said Smith.

But the current warm trend isn’t just an Okanagan advantage.

“All of southern B.C. is pretty much above normal,” said Smith, noting record-breaking temperatures in Ashcroft, Clinton, Nelson and Princeton Wednesday.

August and September have also been some of the driest on record.

It was in 1904 that the dryest Aug/Sept. were recorded with just 7.4 millimetres of rain.

So far for the same period this year, there have only been 19.8 millimetres of rain.

“If that continues for the rest of the month it would be the fifth driest on record,” said Smith.

But there is a chance that a storm could roll in near the end of month.