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Okanagan heat is on the way

Summer is upon us in the Okanagan with temperatures about to start rising and the rains tapering off. - Jennifer Smith
Summer is upon us in the Okanagan with temperatures about to start rising and the rains tapering off.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith

Flood season appears to be over in the Central Okanagan, although more wet weather may still be on the way.

The snow has melted at mid-elevation testing sites, like the Okanagan, and rainfall levels provincewide are reportedly lower than average over the first half of June.

"Snowpacks have now diminished to the level that flood risk due to snow melt is now unlikely across the province, (but) flood risk due to extreme rainfall remains a possibility," the mid-June Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin from the B.C. River Forecast Centre states.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist believes rainfall levels will be mid-range by the time the month is out and the wet season wraps up.

At the moment, some 35 cm of rain has fallen in Penticton, where the month would usually see 46 cm. Kelowna has had 22 cm, where it would normally see 37 cm, and Vernon has had 35 cm where it would normal have 37 cm.

Coastal communities are likely to hit another wet front in the latter half of this week, although here in the Southern Interior he is predicting it will remain dry.

Weather in the south and south-west of the province should be warmer than usual this summer, according to the water supply bulletin.

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