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September actually better than normal overall

Cool weather dominated the end of the month but a warm spell at the beginning of September led to record breaking heat.

KAMLOOPS – The month started with storms and a heat wave long enough to have the city reopen a water park reopened but after two weeks of above normal temperatures we tumbled to temperatures that had many taking to social media to grumble about the impending winter.

September began with an intense storm and more than two weeks of being above normals almost every day, including several days of broken records when temperatures reached into the 30s for five straight days. Temperatures on Sept. 13 reached 34.7 Celsius, high enough to set a record for the month, beating out a high of 34.6 C set in 1998 on Sept. 6.

The break of the above normal temperatures came mid-month when a storm ripped through the area causing wide-spread power outages and dropping more than a third of the total rainfall for the month in a single day. Kamloops then saw temperatures drop to just below normal on several days following that storm, though strong winds and several rainy days at the end of the month made it feel much cooler.

The average daily high temperature for the month was 24.8 Celsius, 2.8 C higher than the climate normals listed by Environment Canada. Typically only 19 days in September reach above the 20 C mark and only one day actually reaches 30 C or higher. This year saw 20 days reach temperatures of 20 C or higher but eight of those days surpass the 30 C mark. Kamloops also saw a few millimetres less rain fall than the monthly average of 28 mm.

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