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Possible sweet relief as rain falls in Okanagan

Lightning strikes also reported in area
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Light rain falls in East Kelowna Monday evening. (@akinsella8/ Twitter)

There will come soft rains was the forecast from Environment Canada for the Central Okanagan on Monday, bringing the possibility of some aid to firefighters battling blazes in the area.

Rain started to fall about 6:30 Monday, in Vernon, Lake Country, West Kelowna and some parts of Kelowna.

A 40 per cent of showers was forecast for Monday evening, however, there is also a risk of thunderstorms over the region’s ridges. Glenrosa residents inside the evacuation alert area of the McDougall Creek fire reported seeing lightning and hearing thunder.

Lightning has also been reported in the Fintry area off Westside Road.

For Tuesday, there is a 30 per cent chance of showers changing to a 70 per cent chance of showers near noon. However, Environment Canada is warning of a risk of thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon. Wind will pick up in the early afternoon gusting to 20 km/hr.

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Jen Zielinski

About the Author: Jen Zielinski

I graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. I also hold a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University. I was also a reporter for Castanet and CBC. I am a volunteer with Okanagan Humane Society.
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