South Okanagan hot spots of Canada
Spring has officially sprung in the South Okanagan, with different towns taking the title of Canada's hot spot earlier this week.
"It is the season where I say we have seen our last snow but we still could get something overnight or on a cooler day, but anything that will stick to the ground is done," said Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist. "We could still see small hail or snow, but it won't last."
On Sunday, plenty of people took advantage of a beautiful day and rightly so with the temperature rising to 17.3 C. This narrowly beats the previous record for that day set in 2005 of 17.2C for Penticton. That was followed by Osoyoos earning the hot spot in Canada with a temperature of 14.8C on Monday. During those same days the coldest spots in Canada ranged from -41.5C to -44.2C in Nunavut.
Environment Canada is forecasting much of the same mild temperatures throughout the week in Penticton ranging from highs of 12C to 14C and mostly sunny but with a mix of cloud over the weekend.
"There is a few other systems coming of instability in atmosphere and I wouldn't be surprised if the forecast turns out to be a little different than we predict right now. I bet there will be a couple days in the mid-teens then cooler days back to 10 or 12C. Spring is an up and down season," said Lundquist.
The meteorologist said while for the most part it will be sunny with cloudy periods, the higher terrain could see what they call snow pellets, not quite snow and not quite rain, but from Kelowna to Osoyoos he said it should be dry with a possibility of light showers Thursday or Friday.
"That is mostly in that higher terrain, in town we would be lucky if it is spitting and lasting a short while," said Lundquist.