The rest of the Victoria long weekend will take place under brilliant sun across the Okanagan-Shuswap. (Pixabay Image)

UPDATE: Weather alert rescinded for Okanagan Valley

Environment Canada now calling for highs reaching 20 for Victoria Day

UPDATE MONDAY, MAY 18:

Calls for rain have been replaced with sunshine for Victoria Day.

Environment Canada previously issued a weather statement covering the Okanagan of high amounts of rain.

But the sun is out and a high of 20 is expected in Kelowna and Vernon today. There is a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon with a risk of a thunderstorm. There’s a 60 per cent chance of showers this evening with the risk of a thunderstorm.

Penticton and Salmon Arm are forecast to reach 19 today with a similar chance of showers this afternoon and a reduced chance this evening.

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ORIGINAL SUNDAY, MAY 17:

A special weather statement is in effect for the entire Okanagan.

According to Environment Canada, there is Potential for heavy rainfall this afternoon and tonight.

“A frontal system moved through the southern BC interior earlier this morning producing 5 to 10 mm of rainfall over most valley bottom communities,” reads the report issued by Environment Canada.

“In the wake of the front, an unstable atmosphere this afternoon will provide favourable conditions for the redevelopment of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Showers will continue tonight and the possibility of locally heavy downpours will continue through early Monday morning.”

Total rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 mm are expected by Monday morning.

High streamflow advisories are currently in effect for these regions of the BC interior, which can be found here.

Travelers are encouraged to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

READ MORE: City of Kelowna preparing for localized flooding


Daniel Taylor
Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
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