Kelowna, B.C. bids adieu to fourth-hottest summer on the books – Okanagan

It started off slow, but this summer turned out to be one of the hottest the Okanagan has ever seen.

Global Okanagan meteorologist Peter Quinlan said Kelowna, BC had its fourth warmest summer, with average temperatures 2.5C warmer than normal.

It was the ninth warmest in Penticton and the fifth warmest in Vernon. Last year was the hottest summer on record.

Quinlan said Kelowna received 105.8mm of rain in the meteorological summer, which spans June, July and August, and that’s 96 percent of the normal amount of 109.7mm.

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“So pretty close to average rain this summer,” Quinlan said.

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“As for the outlook for the fall, long-range models point to the possibility that temperatures and precipitation will trend around normal.”

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Damage from last year’s extreme heat has begun to subside and a degree of normalcy is returning to the region as six of the water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan return to odd/even outdoor irrigation.

Unless otherwise noted, Level 1 restrictions are in place between September 16 and June 15, allowing for outdoor watering on alternate days. Customers with even addresses can water on even calendar days, while customers with odd addresses can water on odd days outdoors.

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Normally from June 16th to September 15th each year, Level 2 water restrictions apply to customers of the Star Place/Dietrich, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore Estates water systems, unless other restrictions apply. Level 2 means outdoor watering on these six systems is limited to two days per week based on street address.

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In September 2021, in the face of ongoing Okanagan drought designations, RDCO water systems remained on Tier 2 outdoor irrigation restrictions rather than transitioning to Tier 1 as usual.

Last July, Falcon Ridge’s water system was converted to Level 3 for one-day-a-week outdoor irrigation. All six systems are now back to level 1 for outdoor irrigation.

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