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Inbound Arctic winds drop temperatures
Don’t plan on packing away the mittens and toques just yet.
The weather forecast is calling for chilly temperatures later this week that are expected to rival those frosty days already in the record books.
Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said the flurries we saw Tuesday due to an “arctic pipeline” from Alaska and the Yukon will changed to higher winds from the north today, leading to wind chill and a high of -5 degrees.
But count on the mercury dipping even lower later in the week.
Lundquist said temperatures dropping to the minus low teens are expected at the Kelowna airport, and could possibly challenge the low temperature records set back in 1993.
“It might be hard to break it, but we’ll approach it,” said Lundquist.
On Feb. 24, 1993, the temperature plummeted down to -19.8, and rose a degree the following day.
And while temperatures are expected to improve going into the weekend, with the mercury hovering around the freezing mark, expect lower than normal temperatures as we close out the month of February.
“It’s going to remain this way for the next week or so,” said Lundquist. “Let’s not get out of the winter mode yet.”