Christian Jaggard, 9, and his sister Amanda, 7, skate at Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna during a snowy day earlier this month. The weather forecast suggests snow is unlikely to fall at the rink this weekend.
And rain-beating gear should be helpful for the next few days as well, as the weather forecast calls for a better chance of showers than snow to close out 2013.
Okanagan temperatures should reach 3 C today, or five degrees warmer than normal for late December, with a mix of sun and showers in the offing.
"Doesn't much feel like the week between Christmas and New Year's, does it?" Ally Cole, 31, said before putting on her skates and going for a spin under a light drizzle at the rink in Stuart Park.
"I wish I'd brought an umbrella instead of this big old parka," Trevor Irons, 47, said after arriving at the rink just before 2 p.m. "But it was so clear this morning when we left the house, I didn't even think of it."
After a two-day holiday break, skate rental operator Kevin Laflamme looked to be doing a brisk business. He vows to be at the rink every day from now until its anticipated closure in February.
The mild conditions in the Okanagan are in sharp contrast to the continuing cold and snowy weather that has gripped much of the Prairies the last two months.
For example, today's forecast high is only -12 C in Regina and the predicted maximum on Monday is a horrible -27 C.