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Great weekend ahead for sun worshippers in Kamloops, Okanagan

August 26, 2021 - 12:00 PM

Temperatures are going to hit the high 20s on Saturday and Sunday with mostly clear skies in Kamloops and the Okanagan.

But, until then, the outlook isn’t so good.

“We do have a frontal system moving though the province of B.C. that will bring at least a few showers into the southwest Interior for later this afternoon and this evening,” Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Erven told today, Aug. 26.

“The winds associated with the frontal system are looking to be from the west or southwest ahead the front. We might see some brief elevated gusts to maybe 40 km/h.”

Those winds, combined with the fact that those showers are not going to contain a lot of rain, are not good news for firefighters as many of the wildfires in the region are still listed as being out of control and are still giving flareups.

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There shouldn’t be much in the way of winds on the weekend as highs are expected to reach 28 Celsius in Kamloops on Sunday and 27 C in the Okanagan.

But a weekend of more seasonal temperatures is only going to be a fond memory next week as daily highs drop into the low 20s with a chance of showers next week.

The current Environment Canada forecast doesn’t call for any rain next week in Kamloops but Erven expects that to be updated in the coming days to show a chance of showers, similar to what’s now forecast for the Okanagan Valley.

Overnight lows are expected to be in the low double digits, Erven said, which does help with firefighting efforts.

The longer range forecast by through September shows gradually cooling daytime highs but little in the way of rainfall.

Fire officials have said they expect to be dealing with the bigger wildfires, like White Rock Lake that stretches from Okanagan Lake past Monte Lake, well into the fall.

READ MORE: B.C. wildfires trending in right direction, fire service manager says

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