July 02, 2013 - 9:58 AM
KAMLOOPS – It was close, but Kamloops didn't quite hit the mark for record temperatures over the holiday weekend.
We hit 38.1 C at the airport yesterday and with the humidity it felt like 41 C but that was not enough to top the record high, though several nearby towns did break records on Canada Day.
While none got as hot as Kamloops or Lytton (40.3 C yesterday), a total of 15 communities around B.C. reached record temperatures Monday, including Merritt, Blue River, Clinton, Quesnel and Prince George.
Merritt was the hot spot of those that broke records at 36.7 C, breaking an 89-year-old record of 35 C while the biggest jump was Sparwood, claiming a new record of 32.3 C, 4.6 C higher than the previous record set in 1985.
July 2 brings with it a record of 37.4 C for Kamloops, set in 2006, with temperatures expected to reach 35 C. The rest of the week is expected to bring temperatures just above normal with forecasts of 27 C to 32 C. The hottest July day on record for Kamloops is 40.6 C, set on July 31, 1971
Slightly higher humidity this week will make the temperatures feel a bit hotter though. As of 9 a.m. a reading of 29 C at the airport was taken but a humidity rating of 44 per cent was making it feel like 34 C.
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