Record rainfall on Wednesday

A record amount of rain fell in the Central Okanagan on March 29

It’s no surprise residents in West Kelowna were overcome by localized flooding after the Central Okanagan received almost 10 millimetres of rain.

Wednesday’s wet weather made for a record rainfall of 9.1 mm, breaking the previous record for March 29, set in 1981 of 8.0 mm.

This March will go on record as the third wettest March recorded in the Central Okanagan – thanks to a mix of rain and snow.

So far this month the region has received 38.3 mm of rain, compared to 39.6 in 1982 and 41.2 mm in 1998.

However even though it might have felt like a soggy month of March, there was no “extreme one-day rain” record broken.

Back in 1972, 13.7 mm of rain fell in one day on March 22.

The Central Okanagan isn’t the only area to receive this type of weather, March was also the third wettest month on record for the Greater Vancouver area.

Records taken at the Vancouver International Airport had an ‘extreme one-day’ of rain with 29.6 mm damping the region on March 28.

Alyssa Charboneau with Environment Canada says March was a very wet month right across the province.

“A high-pressure ridge is building and dryer conditions are expected along with temperatures in the teens for the first week of April,” she said.

While rain continues to fall across the Interior over the next few days, snow is reported in higher elevations.

The Coquihalla received 6 cm of white stuff in the last 12 hours.

On Highway 97C, flurries are forecast for the day with the possibility of 2 to 4 cm of snow.

Charboneau does anticipate that the sun will return for the weekend along with a possible high of 15 C for Saturday.

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