May 12, 2019 8:51 pm
Updated: May 12, 2019 9:38 pm

South Okanagan hits record high temperatures

A boater at Skaha Lake on Sunday. Both Penticton and Summerland broke temperature records on Saturday.

Shelby Thom / Global News
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With early May temperatures above 30 C, both Summerland and Penticton broke temperature records on Saturday.

Saturday was the hottest May 11 on record in Summerland, where the high hit 30.1 C, breaking a record set over 80 years ago in 1931 when the high was 29.4 C.

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Meanwhile, Penticton edged out the 30.3 C record set in 2013 with a high of 30.6 C on Saturday.

Record-keeping began in both communities in 1907.

The hot and dry conditions have raised concerns about the risk of wildfire.

READ MORE: As temperatures rise in B.C., so is the province’s fire danger warning

While there are no open burning bans in the Okanagan yet, a B.C. Wildfire Service spokesperson said: “Those conversations are starting to occur now.”

—With files from Shelby Thom

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