Lightning blankets the Southern Interior of B.C. sparking 22 new wildfires in the region. Image: Kayleigh Seibel/Black Press Media Lightning blankets the Southern Interior of B.C. sparking 22 new wildfires in the region. Image: Kayleigh Seibel/Black Press Media

Thunderstorms to roll into Okanagan-Shuswap

Cooler temperatures and rain are forecast over the next few days

The possibility of a thunderstorm could hit the Okanagan and Shuswap on Wednesday.

Environment Canada is calling for 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon and evening which could bring lightning to the area.

Smoke lingering in the valley is expected to clear by this afternoon; however a special air quality statement remains in effect for the North, Central and South Okanagan as well as the Shuswap.

RELATED: Relief from smoky skies predicted for Okanagan

The smoke is affecting most of the southern half of the province due to wildfires in the region and the northern U.S.

Showers are expected again on Thursday in the region along with another possible thunderstorm.

Temperatures appear to be on a cooling trend for the Okanagan and Shuswap with a high of 32 C in Penticton for Wednesday and a high of 30 C to the north in Salmon Arm.

RELATED: Two lightning sparked fires near the Central Okanagan

In the South Okaganan, Environment Canada is anticipating winds to gust to more than 20 km/hr in the afternoon.

Cooler temperatures and possible thunderstorms are forecasted for the next several days and into the weekend.


@Jen_zee
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Second advance voting chance in Penticton

Advance voting for the City of Penticton municipal election takes place today

Oliver hunter injured in ATV incident evacuated by rescue teams

Hunter was found on a mountainside overlooking Cawston

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Athlete of the week: Ryan McMillan

Ryan McMillan is the Canadian Tire/Penticton Western News athlete of the week

Okanagan RCMP look for owners of various keys located during arrest

RCMP seek to reunite the owners of various keys found at the arrest of suspects in a stolen vehicle.

Your morning news in 90: Oct. 18, 2018

Tune in for 90 seconds to get the top headlines for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Who’s running in Penticton’s election?

Candidates for the Penticton municipal and school board election

Proportional representation grows government, B.C. study finds

Spending, deficits higher in countries where voting system used

Black market will thrive until small pot growers and sellers included: advocates

Advocates say the black market will continue to thrive until small retail shops and craft growers are included in the regime.

Goodbye cable, hello Netflix: 1/3 of Canadians cut the cord

Just under half of households no longer have a landline phone

‘Some baloney’ in assertion Canada’s pension fund has highest ethical standards

The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney”.

In Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael, some coming home find no home

State emergency management officials said some 124,500 customers across the Panhandle were still without power Wednesday morning and 1,157 remained in shelters.

Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations “baseless,” has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days.

Most Read