A satellite shot of the B.C. coast as of Tuesday morning. A low-pressure system is expected to move inland today and dump copious amounts of rain on the Interior on Wednesday and Thursday.

A satellite shot of the B.C. coast as of Tuesday morning. A low-pressure system is expected to move inland today and dump copious amounts of rain on the Interior on Wednesday and Thursday.

Time to break out the umbrella

Special weather statement warns of heavy rains to come for the Okanagan and much of inland B.C.

Environment Canada today issued a special weather statement warning that much of the B.C. Interior can expect heavy rain beginning early Wednesday.

As much as 60 millimetres of rain is expected through Thursday over a large swath of the province, including the Okanagan and Similkameen.

A low-pressure system currently off the B.C. coast is expected to shift inland today and bring with it the precipitation and potential for thunderstorms.

“The low will continue eastward throughout the week tapping into deep moisture from the southern United States,” the statement says.

“With this ample supply of moisture and the slow-moving nature of the low, heavy rainfalls are likely across the BC Interior.”

The weather agency is forecasting a high today of 22 C with a 60 per cent chance of showers this afternoon and risk of a thunderstorm. After a rainy mid-week, the sunshine is expected to return Friday.