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Penticton smashes 90-year-old heat record for December

Record-breaking temperature of 22.1 C recorded on Dec. 1
On Dec. 1, 2021 at 1 p.m., Penticton recorded a temperature of 22.1 C. The city was the warmest place in Canada at that time. (File photo)

December in Penticton began with unseasonably warm weather, breaking a record which had stood for close to 90 years.

According to statistics from Environment Canada, Penticton recorded a temperature of 22.1 C on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. The city was the warmest spot in Canada.

The Dec. 1 high temperature was 6.5 C warmer than the previous record of 15.6 C, set on Dec. 3, 1932.

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While Penticton has seen some warm December temperatures in past years, the 1932 temperature was the only time prior to Dec. 1, 2021 when the temperature exceeded 15 C in the city.

On Dec. 2, 1941, Penticton recorded a high temperature of 14.4 C. Nearly four decades later, on Dec. 27, 1980, Penticton’s high temperature was 14.2 C. On Dec. 18, 1936 and on Dec. 3, 1943, Penticton had high temperatures of 13.9 C.

Sub-freezing temperatures are also possible in December in Penticton. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was -27.2 C, on Dec. 30, 1968.

The normal temperatures for Dec. 1 are a high of 0 C and a low of -6 C.

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John Arendt

About the Author: John Arendt

John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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