Break in cold snap around the corner

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - After a few days of sub-zero temperatures everyone is looking for a break, but we still have a few more days of staying below zero before it will finally begin to warm up again.

Through the Okanagan temperatures only rose to -0.2 Celsius in Penticton and -1 C in Vernon and Kelowna on Wednesday. Friday will be even colder, with highs expected to reach between -2 C and -5 C and then Saturday highs of only -4 C to -8 C are expected. Overnight temperatures will drop as low as -13 C, falling short of the -20 C range current cold weather records sit at for the region.

Temperatures will then begin an upward trend on Sunday, slowly increasing to a high of 2 C by the end of next week as cloud cover and precipitation make their way into the forecast.

In Kamloops temperatures will be a bit colder, and stay a bit colder, for a little longer. Friday will see a high of -4 C but Saturday through Monday highs will only reach about -7 C. Overnight temperatures will hit as low as -13 C over the next few days before slowly starting to warm up beginning Tuesday, when cloud cover begins to roll into town. Record low temperatures sit in the -20 C range for the Kamloops area as well.

Normal temperatures through the region are about 5 C and -1 C at this time of year.

With the cold temperatures people are reminded to have snow tires on and safety kits ready to go in their vehicles, and make sure their pets are kept safe. If kept outside, make sure they have shelter and fresh water readily available and always ‘think and thump’ the hood of your vehicle before starting it to make sure there isn’t an animal warming up inside.

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