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Summer’s not quite over in Kamloops, Okanagan

August 23, 2021 - 1:30 PM

Despite a very chilly morning with lows in the single digits today there is some warmth coming before the end of the month and the return to school.

After months of temperatures reaching the high 30s – even into the 40s in June – Sunday was unseasonably cool with Kamloops only reaching a high of 19.5 Celsius.

The Okanagan fared only slightly better with highs ranging from 23.1 C to 23.4 C.

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“We’re seeing a more transitory type of weather pattern,” Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson told “So, instead of one big system parking over the province and a few little disturbances every once in a blue moon, we’re starting to see more of these disturbances come through.”

The current system will only last for another day or so, with forecast lows of 7 C to 9 C through to Wednesday morning.

The best time for beachgoers will be Wednesday when there will be highs closer to seasonal normals at 25 C in the Okanagan and 27 C in Kamloops.

“As the week goes on, the models are coming together and forecasting a system from the coast for Thursday into the day on Friday but there’s still a lot of disagreement on how widespread the shower activity is going to be,” Coulson said. “Certainly, with the way these systems have gone previously, it’s looking again like widely scattered showers for the southwestern Interior.”

Over this past weekend, there was only one or two millimetres of rain through Kamloops and the Okanagan. Penticton airport was the wettest at 2.8 mm. Heavier rain fell to the west, with Lillooet recording 20 mm.

That’s likely to a similar case for the weekend.

While cooler weather is good news for firefighters, the lack of serious precipitation is still causing concern.

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It’s too early to tell if the Pacific system expected for later this week will bring any significant wind, which was a problem on Sunday for some areas of the White Rock Lake wildfire burning from Westside Road near West Kelowna north past Monte Lake.

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