Hot Weather on Tuesday Sets Records in South Okanagan

7/3/2013

 

Tuesday was a scorcher throughout the South Okanagan.

In fact, it was so hot that most communities in the region shattered records for the hottest temperature ever recorded on July 2, some of which date all the way back to the 1940s.

Penticton and Osoyoos both peaked at 38.5 degrees and Summerland was the hottest at 38.7. The record temperature in Summerland tops its previous record for July 2 by more than four degrees and Penticton beat its previous July 2 record, which was set in 1942.

Not only that, but Environment Canada Meteorologist Matt McDonald says it felt even warmer.

"What's interesting is not only the heat, but actually the humidity. Typically the Okanagan is a nice, dry place during the summer, but the dew points were actually up around 20 degrees where as they usually sit at around eight or nine degrees," says McDonald. "So once we add in the humidex, the temperatures felt more like 40 or 42 degrees."

McDonald says the temperatures should stay a bit cooler for the remainder of the week, but forecasts it will be heat back up early next week.

 

Adam Graham - Penticton