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Kelowna, Kamloops set to topple all-time high temperature records

Enjoying the beach in Kamloops during another day of record-breaking heat.
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June 27, 2021 - 1:44 PM

Daily heat records toppled across B.C. Saturday, and more will fall in the days to come.

But it's some all-time records that will really turn heads.

Bobby Sekhon, meteorologist for Environment Canada, said that Kamloops has hit a peak temperature of 41.7 C twice in its history — on July 16 1941 and then also, July 27 1939. That record is poised to fall today.

Kelowna's all-time high temperature is 41 C, which was reached Aug. 4, 1998. Yesterday reached 38.,9 C.

"We will see the heat kind of peak on a Tuesday and then we have a bit of a trough moving through northern BC which is going to bring in less hot air," Sekhon said.

"I'll refrain from saying cooling, but it'll give a bit of a reprieve, however, temperatures will still be five to 12 C above average, even late this week."

As we move into next week, there's a possibility of things getting back down to about average temperatures, however, it's really uncertain, Sekhon said.

"It's, it's quite possible that for the next couple of weeks we might be seeing at least somewhat above average temperatures, maybe not record breaking but above average," he said.

"For the whole summer in general, we're predicting above average temperatures, but again, we can't really say that there's going to be another heatwave coming up or there's going to be more record breaking temperatures later this summer."

The following local areas set or tied a daily maximum temperature record  on Saturday, June 26, 2021:

Kamloops Area
New record of 40.7
Old record of 38.4 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1890

Kelowna Area 
New record of 38.9
Old record of 37.5 set in 2002
Records in this area have been kept since 1899

Osoyoos Area
New record of 40.1
Old record of 39.3 set in 2002
Records in this area have been kept since 1954

Princeton Area 
New record of 38.8
Old record of 36.5 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1893

Vernon Area 
New record of 38.8
Old record of 36.7 set in 2002
Records in this area have been kept since 1900

The rest of B.C.'s record breaking day went as follows:

Abbotsford Area (Abbotsford A)
New record of 39.6
Old record of 32.5 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1944

Agassiz Area (Agassiz RCS)
New record of 39.2
Old record of 35.0 set in 1896
Records in this area have been kept since 1889

Bella Bella Area (Bella Bella)
New record of 34.9
Old record of 24.5 set in 2000
Records in this area have been kept since 1977

Bella Coola Area (Bella Coola Airport)
New record of 36.1
Old record of 30.6 set in 1895
Records in this area have been kept since 1895

Blue River Area (Blue River CS)
New record of 35.5
Old record of 33.7 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1946

Burns Lake Area (Burns Lake Decker Lake)
New record of 34.7
Old record of 29.5 set in 1992
Records in this area have been kept since 1949

Cache Creek Area (Ashcroft)
New record of 42.5
Old record of 36.9 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1944

Clearwater Area (Clearwater Auto)
New record of 40.0
Old record of 37.8 set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1913

Clinton Area (Clinton RCS)
New record of 34.9
Old record of 32.9 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1974

Cloverdale East
New record of 37.5
Old record of 31.5 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1992

Comox Area (Comox A)
New record of 34.0
Old record of 29.9 set in 2000
Records in this area have been kept since 1914

Courtenay Area (Comox A)
New record of 34.0
Old record of 29.9 set in 2000
Records in this area have been kept since 1914

Dawson Creek Area (Dawson Creek A)
New record of 32.8
Old record of 31.7 set in 1928
Records in this area have been kept since 1926

Esquimalt Area (Victoria Gonzales CS)
New record of 32.5
Old record of 31.0 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Estevan Point Area (Estevan Point CS)
New record of 27.9
Old record of 20.0 set in 2000
Records in this area have been kept since 1908

Fort St. John Area (Fort St. John A)
New record of 31.8
Old record of 31.7 set in 1928
Records in this area have been kept since 1910

Gibsons Area (Sechelt Aut)
New record of 36.9
Old record of 29.5 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1949

Golden Area (Golden Airport)
New record of 33.9
Old record of 33.3 set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1902

Gonzales Point Area (Victoria Gonzales CS)
New record of 32.5
Old record of 31.0 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Hope Area (Hope Airport)
New record of 39.5
Old record of 32.4 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1936


Lillooet Area (Lillooet)
New record of 43.1
Old record of 40.0 set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1917

Lytton Area (Lytton RCS)
New record of 43.2
Old record of 39.9 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1921

Mackenzie Area (Mackenzie Airport Auto)
New record of 33.6
Old record of 31.3 set in 1992
Records in this area have been kept since 1971

Malahat Area (Malahat)
New record of 36.1
Old record of 33.2 set in 2002
Records in this area have been kept since 1986

Merritt Area (Merritt)
New record of 38.9
Old record of 37.5 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1918

Nakusp Area (Nakusp CS)
New record of 35.7
Old record of 35.5 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1966


Pemberton Area (Pemberton Airport CS)
New record of 40.3
Old record of 37.1 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1908

Pitt Meadows Area (Pitt Meadows CS)
New record of 37.8
Old record of 33.3 set in 1896
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Port Alberni Area (Port Alberni (AUT))
New record of 38.9
Old record of 36.5 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1900

Port Hardy Area (Port Hardy A)
New record of 29.5
Old record of 23.6 set in 2014
Records in this area have been kept since 1944

Powell River Area (Powell River)
New record of 36.0
Old record of 27.5 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1924

Prince Rupert Area (Prince Rupert)
New record of 25.6
Old record of 22.2 set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1908


Puntzi Mountain Area (Puntzi Mountain (AUT))
New record of 35.5
Old record of 33.2 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1959

Sandspit Area (Sandspit Airport Auto)
New record of 23.1
Old record of 20.5 set in 2019
Records in this area have been kept since 1945

Sechelt Area (Sechelt Aut)
New record of 36.9
Old record of 29.5 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1956

Smithers Area (Smithers Airport Auto)
New record of 34.9
Old record of 30.1 set in 2004
Records in this area have been kept since 1938

Sparwood Area (Sparwood CS)
New record of 31.7
Old record of 31.6 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1969

Squamish Area (Squamish Airport)
New record of 39.0
Old record of 33.1 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1960

Tatlayoko Lake Area (Tatlayoko Lake RCS)
New record of 36.0
Old record of 32.1 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1930

Terrace Area (Terrace A)
New record of 34.5
Old record of 29.7 set in 1992
Records in this area have been kept since 1912

Trail Area (Warfield RCS)
New record of 39.6
Old record of 37.9 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1928

Vancouver Area (Vancouver Intl A)
New record of 32.3
Old record of 30.2 set in 2002
Records in this area have been kept since 1896


Victoria Area (Victoria Intl A)
New record of 35.8
Old record of 29.6 set in 2002
Records in this area have been kept since 1914

Victoria Harbour Area (Victoria Gonzales CS)
New record of 32.5
Old record of 31.0 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Victoria (hartland) Area (Victoria Gonzales CS)
New record of 32.5
Old record of 31.0 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Victoria (university Of) Area (Victoria Gonzales CS)
New record of 32.5
Old record of 31.0 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Whistler Area (Whistler - Nesters)
New record of 38.3
Old record of 35.3 set in 2006
Records in this area have been kept since 1950

White Rock Area (White Rock Campbell Scientific)
New record of 34.6
Old record of 27.0 set in 2015
Records in this area have been kept since 1929

Yoho (National Park) Area (Yoho Park)
Tied record of 31.1 set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1923

Note: the temperature records reported here have been derived from a
selection of historical stations in each geographic area that were
active during the period of record.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


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