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'Goldilocks' summer predicted for Thompson-Okanagan

Enjoying some warm May temperatures at Riverside Park in Kamloops.
May 26, 2016 - 2:30 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Meteorologists are predicting a break from scorching Okanagan heat this summer.

A new report by The Weather Network is calling for above normal temperatures over the next three months, however network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says the heat is expected to be much less intense than in previous years.

“It won’t be remembered as the scorching hot summers we’ve become accustomed too,” Hamilton says.

The Weather Network is predicting both temperature and precipitation to be fairly close to seasonal normals this summer.

There are no strong indications suggesting drought conditions — or the flip side, overly wet weather — will be coming this summer either, Hamilton says. 

One big factor keeping the heat in check is we are coming out of an El Nino weather pattern (one of the strongest on record) and are entering La Nina conditions.

There will still likely be stretches of above seasonal temperatures, but Hamilton doesn’t expect to see a repeat of last summer’s sizzling heat waves. Communities around the Thompson-Okanagan shattered numerous hot weather records last year.

This summer will be more of what a colleague of Hamilton’s calls a ‘Goldilocks’ summer — not too hot and not too cold.

“You can’t please everyone, but it might be just right for some,” Hamilton says.


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