June 29, 2015 - 8:40 AM
KAMLOOPS - We didn’t quite hit 40 Celsius on Sunday but Kamloops was still one of about 30 communities to set a new high temperature record in the province.
With a high temperature of 39.1 C Sunday, June 28, the mercury surpassed the former record by nearly a full degree. Saturday also saw a new record set in Kamloops and while Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to remain in the 30s this week the new records set on the weekend will likely be the only ones set this week.
Vernon, Summerland, Princeton, Penticton, Nakusp, Lytton, Kelowna and Blue River were among the record-setting communities Sunday. Bella Bella had the biggest jump though, setting a new record of 29.6 C, well above the previous record of 23.4 C set nearly 40 years ago.
While several 100-year-old plus records fell this weekend, the oldest record to fall on Sunday was in Lillooet, where an 1881 record of 37.5 C was beat by 1.8 degrees Sunday.
Temperatures will cool down in Kamloops today, with highs expected to only reach 30 C, and will be accompanied by showers or thunderstorms throughout the day. Tuesday will also bring a risk of an afternoon thunderstorm according to Environment Canada but by Canada Day we can expect sunny weather and temperatures to again be in the mid-30s.
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