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Weather warming up for new year

Enjoying some outdoor time at the Stuart Park ice rink.
December 31, 2014 - 10:30 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - We’ll still be facing temperatures below seasonal normals, but it will be several degrees warmer for New Year’s Day than it has been over the past few days in the Southern Interior.

According to Environment Canada temperatures will reach a high of between -8 Celsius and -5 C today and by the first day of 2015 we will see highs of -4 C to -6 C, much warmer than the sub -10 C high several communities saw at some point this week. Temperatures will warm up by a degree or two over the weekend as well. Seasonal normals at this time of year are a high of -1 C across the region and lows of either -5 C throughout the Okanagan and -8 C in Kamloops.

Along with the warmer temperatures could come some snow. Penticton has a chance of flurries Wednesday morning but will clear in the afternoon afternoon. Most of the region will be under cloud cover for New Year’s Day, and Kamloops also has a chance of flurries on Jan. 1. Friday and Saturday there is again a chance of snow throughout the entire region and by Sunday the Thompson-Okanagan is expected to face at least periods of snow.

If you are looking for some ways to enjoy the outdoors, check out the maps for Vernon and Kamloops. If you are heading into the backcountry be prepared, Avalanche Canada has issued an avalanche warning for all the ranges in our area, as well as several others in the province. There will also be several Polar Bear Swim events in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Summerland on Jan. 1 if you are looking to kick off the new year with a splash.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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