Environment Canada is projecting a ‘colder than usual’ Christmas week for Penticton. (Submitted)

Environment Canada is projecting a ‘colder than usual’ Christmas week for Penticton. (Submitted)

Environment Canada projects colder than usual Christmas week for Penticton

The city’s average low during the week leading up to Dec. 25 will act as this year’s high

It appears as though it’s going to be colder than usual for the holidays in Penticton.

On Dec. 1, the city had set a national heat record when the temperature reached a mark of 22 C. But things change fast — especially when it comes to the weather.

After two days of heavy snowfall in the area shortly following the un-seasonal start of the month, the temperature dropped quickly.

And as Christmas approaches, the cold weather appears to be here to stay — at least for now.

From Dec. 17 until the middle of this year’s Christmas week, Environment Canada is projecting the temperature to reach a high of -4 C to -7 C consistently, with a low of -9 C to -12 C.

On average, the city’s high during the week leading up to Dec. 25 sits at around 1 C.

Environment Canada told the Western News at the start of December that this winter in Penticton will likely fall into the “cold category.”

Penticton’s all-time average low during the week of Christmas is projected to be the city’s “high” during the same period of time in 2021.

A mix of sun and clouds with 60 per cent of flurries is consistent with Environment Canada’s projections for Penticton from Dec. 17-23.

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