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Short thundershower dampens Kamloops, heading towards Vernon

A mid afternoon shower in Kamloops on Sept. 8, 2016, darkened the area, but only for a short period of time.
September 08, 2016 - 2:37 PM

KAMLOOPS - A sudden thundershower that caught some residents in the Thompson Valley off guard this afternoon is now headed towards the North Okanagan.

Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald says the afternoon thundershower included heavy showers, lightening strikes and gusts up to 70 km/h. 

“There was just enough instability in the air,” Macdonald says.

Thundershowers are more common in the warmer months, which the region is just on the edge of. Despite the cooler temperatures the last few days, there was just enough to get one going, Macdonald says.

Luckily for South Thompson residents, B.C. Hydro and Drive B.C. aren't reporting any storm-related problems, while the Tk’emlups Rural RCMP and Kamloops Fire Rescue are reporting no incidents because of the storm.

The thundershower that hit Kamloops could be in Vernon before 3 p.m., while in Kamloops people should keep an eye on the sky for another possible short, isolated storm front.

“They may see some wind gusts and a heavy shower,” he says. “Its one of those things that moves through really quickly.”

It could hit the area later this afternoon or early evening he says, and travel a similar route, from northwest of Kamloops to southeast, entering the Okanagan area.

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