Okanagan weather: First teen temps of 2019 finish winter
Double-digit heat was reached for the first time since January 4 over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with temperatures topping out at 12 degrees in the Central Okanagan on St. Paddy’s Day.
The mercury then took a slide back to -4 to start the third week of March, but beautiful blue skies and sunshine during the morning quickly warmed the valley up into mid-positive single digits before noon.
Sunny skies stick around all afternoon as the warm-up continues a few degrees into low double digits for a daytime high.
Skies remain clear overnight, allowing conditions to cool back to below freezing by a few degrees into Tuesday morning, but by afternoon the first teen temperatures of 2019 are expected in the sun.
The massive upper ridge of high pressure that’s trucking in the heat and sunshine will stick around as spring begins at 2:58pm PDT on Wednesday with a toasty afternoon high around 15 degrees.
It will take until the first full day of spring on Thursday for any clouds to slide in, but they will during the day with only a slight impact on daytime heating by a degree or so.
Clouds linger at times into the day on Friday with a daytime high in the mid-teens before a chance of showers returns over the weekend under mostly cloudy skies as afternoon highs slip into low double digits.
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