Weekend could kick off with a new record temperature in Kamloops

Flowers are blooming and bees are buzzing as warm temperatures and sunny skies continue in Kamloops.

KAMLOOPS - If sitting back and enjoying a cold drink on the patio is your idea of a good way to end the work week, get ready to do so in record high temperatures.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 26 Celsius today, April 8, a couple of degrees warmer than the current high of 23.9 C recorded by the weather office in 1977 and well above the seasonal normal of 16 C.

The rest of the weekend is expected to be slightly cooler, but still quite warm, with highs of 20 C forecast for both Saturday and Sunday.

Overnight lows are also expected to be above seasonal normals of 2 C, with Saturday night forecast to be the coolest with a low of 5 C.

Sunny skies are expected throughout the weekend with just a bit of cloud today. Winds are also expected to gust up to 50 kilometres per hour this afternoon and 60 km/h this evening in Kamloops.

If you need one last ski run in before you’re willing to officially declare winter over, you may be in luck. The ski season ends at Sun Peaks on Sunday, April 10, and Mother Nature is offering up highs of 12 C today, 6 C Saturday and 8 C Sunday along with a mix of sun and cloud this weekend.

The warmer temperatures also mean avalanche risk remains high in some areas and Avalanche Canada is recommending people heading into the backcountry plan to start and finish their days early while the weather is warm and sunny.

“It sure feels like summer; maybe it's time to consider pulling out your bike or rock shoes?” one avalanche forecast report reads.

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