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On this day in 2021: Okanagan-Shuswap sees record-high temperatures

Penticton was the hottest spot in Canada on Dec. 1, 2021
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A couple looking over Skaha Lake near Penticton. (Photo courtesy of @Vic.Ansell/Instagram)

Waking up in the Okanagan and looking out a window on Friday morning would have felt much different exactly two years ago.

Snow was on the ground on Dec. 1, across the Okanagan and Shuswap but that certainly wasn’t the case in 2021.

Penticton recorded a high of 22.5 C on Dec. 1, 2021, the day Environment Canada recognizes as the start of winter every year. The South Okanagan city was the hottest spot in the nation at 1 p.m., according to the federal forecaster.

Kelowna and Vernon didn’t fall far behind that mark, breaking their respective records for the day by posting temperatures in the late teens.

Salmon Arm, meanwhile, recorded a high of 17.9 C on Dec. 1, 2021. Two days later, temperatures in the city had plummeted below zero.

Two years later, the meteorological start of 2023’s winter in the region kicked off with snow and temperatures hovering around 1 C.

Environment Canada is forecasting periods of snow and temperatures steady near zero until Monday, Dec. 3.

Come Tuesday, much of B.C. Interior can expect a 40 to 60 per cent chance of showers and daytime temperatures of up to 7 C.

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