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Okanagan forecasting Thanksgiving to feel like Labour Day, says meteorologist

Regional temperatures expected to hit highs in the mid-20s through Sunday

Environment Canada says the warmer-than-normal start to October in the Okanagan will stick around for at least one more weekend.

September ended as a record-setting one in the region, with Kelowna experiencing its second-driest month since 1969 and Penticton and Vernon reaching “August-like” daytime highs.

It’s been more of the same in October’s first week and meteorologists say Thanksgiving in the Okanagan this year may feel a little different, as a result.

“I think it’s going to be really hard to wrap our minds around it being Thanksgiving and I imagine for many, it will feel like Labour Day,” said Alyssa Charbonneau, a meteorologist for Environment Canada. “We’re still expecting it to be warm and dry this weekend, with temperatures staying above normal right through Monday in the 20s.”

Charbonneau warns, though, that B.C.’s Interior current dry spell could end sooner rather than later. Since Sept. 1, Kelowna has recorded just two millimetres of precipitation, with both Penticton and Vernon also falling well short of seasonal averages.

The federal weather department says parts of the Okanagan may get showers late Monday afternoon and into the evening, after what’s expected to be a sunny and dry holiday weekend.

“There might be some northerly, gusty winds that day as well,” Charbonneau added. “And after that, temperatures seem to be cooling down a little bit, but certainly this Saturday and Sunday are going to be unlike a typical Thanksgiving.”

Temperatures from Osoyoos to Vernon will range from 22 C to 25 C through the weekend, with an increase in cloudiness expected region-wide starting Monday.

Kelowna’s lack of fall rain, meanwhile, remains a story into October. The city stays stuck on zero millimetres of monthly precipitation. On average, the Okanagan’s largest city records just over 29 millimetres of precipitation for the month.

The early-season oddities aren’t unique to the Interior, though. Environment Canada reported 11 daily heat records across the province Wednesday, Oct. 5, with the Pemberton area’s 26.9 C leading the way.

“It really feels like September has been grouped into early October,” Charbonneau said.

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