Weather & Climate

Okanagan weather is one reason why so many visitors become residents.

Warm summers characterized by low humidity along with relatively mild winters is envied by much of Canada!  Key holiday destinations – Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops – lie on the southern portion of BC’s Interior Plateau, picturesquely located amongst grassy hills, rolling vineyards and large, sand-bordered lakes. The area receives hundreds of hours of sunshine all year long with very little precipitation.

What to Wear

In late spring and throughout the summer, shorts and t-shirts are the norm but pack a sweater for cooler evenings. The lakes here are wonderful, warm and surrounded by sandy beaches so be sure to bring a bathing suit during the summer months. In the winter, you’ll want to keep warm with a heavy coat or down jacket, gloves/mittens, scarf and hat.



Temperatures warm up rapidly in the region, with April daytime highs reaching 20°C in the Okanagan Valley.


The Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson river valleys experience BC’s hottest summers, with temperatures often in the 30s °C, occasionally rising above 40°C. Temperatures are cooler further north in the high mountain ranges, with average daily highs in the low 20s °C.


By late October, average daily highs range from 8-13°C, with lows reaching freezing. In December, communities in the southern half of the region have average daytime highs just above freezing.


During the winter months most of the region’s average daytime highs hover around near-freezing. Daytime lows of -10°C are common. The skiing is magnificent, with the region’s mountains renowned for their dry, fluffy powder snow.