The Okanagan’s hot July was not enough to break any monthly records.
“It’s been exceedingly hot, with temperatures reaching well into the 30s and even flirting with the 40s in some locations,” says Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald. “What is surprising is we didn’t break any monthly records and the issue being there is overnight lows were relatively cool.”
MacDonald tells Beach FM that July of last year, when the scorching Cariboo fires broke out, was even hotter.
He says the average temperature last year in the Okanagan was 23.3 degrees Celcius.
However, July temperatures this year were well above normal.
MacDonald says Vernon’s average temperature was 21.6 degrees Celcius compared to the norm of 19.1.
“That puts (Vernon) about two-and-a-half degrees warmer than normal and for (Vernon) that’s the 13th warmest July on record with records going all the way back to 1900,” MacDonald says.
He says Kelowna was almost three degrees above normal in July with an average of 22.4 degrees C.