UPDATE: 1:53 p.m. Sept. 15, 2013
Saturday was another record breaking day for heat in the Thompson-Okanagan.
Kamloops was the hot spot with a high temperature of 32.5 C, which was 2 degrees cooler than Friday, but still hot enough for a new record. On Sept. 14 in 1957 the mercury rose to 31.7 C. Saturday's temperature was about a degree warmer.
The North Okanagan and Shuswap also saw record breaking heat on Saturday. Vernon's high temperature was 29.9 C, beating the old record of 29.1 C on the same day in 2001.
Salmon Arm broke the record high temperature of 27.8 C in 2011 with a 28.1 C on Saturday.
While it was hot in Vernon and Penticton, no records were broken.
12:58 p.m., Sept. 14, 2013
KELOWNA - The heat was on in Kamloops Friday. The mercury shot up to 34.7 C smashing to the old high temperature record of 31.7 C recorded on the same day in 1950.
We can thank a ridge of high pressure for the hot temperatures.
“We’ve had some amazing late, summer weather over the last few weeks,” Environment Canada meteorologist John McIntrye said. “This huge, high pressure ridge has been over most of British Columbia and into the Prairies.”
Kamloops wasn’t the only city breaking heat records on Friday.
Kelowna’s 30.7 C beat the 29 C recorded in 2002.
Vernon reached 30.8 C, which was a degree warmer than the 29.7 C on Sept. 13, 2002.
In the South Okanagan, Penticton’s high temperature Friday was 28.9 C which was also hot enough to break the previous record high of 27.2 C set in 1926.
Princeton, Summerland and Salmon Arm also set records.
The heat wave comes to an end Sunday night when the ridge of high pressure starts to break down.
With the ridge out of the way, “It’s going to allow very moist and unstable air to surge northward,” according to McIntrye.
Because there’s going to be such a sudden change, Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement in order to get your attention.
The new system will create thunderstorms with lighting, downpours, hail and gusty winds Sunday night. The nasty weather will continue through to Monday. They storms likely won’t become severe.
The thunderstorms will be replaced by a series of Pacific storms by late Tuesday.
“Midweek it looks like we’re going to get into this fall-like pattern,” McIntrye said. “We can expect cooler air and scattered showers.”
“A big change from what it’s (the weather has) been.”
More temperature records could fall on Saturday with forecast highs in the low 30’s C for much of the Thompson-Okanagan region.
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