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Coldest temperatures this winter on the way to Kamloops, Okanagan

The coldest weather so far this winter is expected to make its way into the Thompson-Okanagan later this week.
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January 19, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Time to find your toque with the coldest temperatures so far this winter arriving in Kamloops and the Okanagan this week.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist says not to worry about bundling up too much as the cold air on its way is not going to be anything extraordinary.

“We are forecasting highs of between -3 Celsius and -5 C into next week, but I think it might even be warmer than that in Kelowna. The lake is still warm at 5 C,” Lundquist says.

The average high and low temperatures for Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton in late January is -2 C for the high and -8 C for the low.

In Kamloops the average high and low is -1 C and -7 C for this time of year.

“This will be the coldest weather we’ve seen this winter, mainly because we haven’t had any,” Lundquist says.

By Thursday, afternoon highs aren’t expected to rise above 0 C with a high of -5 C anticipated by Saturday for the Okanagan and -4 C for Kamloops.

Overnight lows could bottom out at -11 C on Friday night in the Okanagan and at -10 C in Kamloops.

Lundquist says the cold could extend long enough to allow for ice wine harvest, but the longer term outlook indicates things could warm up again to finish the month.

Flurries expected by the end of the weekend could be a sign of warmer conditions returning next week.

There are still indications of cooler months ahead in February and March.

Lundquist says the lack of any Arctic air this far into the winter season could translate into a spring that is late to arrive and lagging in temperature.

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