The weather on Thanksgiving was great, everyone has had a chance to put out Halloween decorations, and now cold reality begins.
Environment Canada meteorologist Jim Steele said Wednesday the above-normal temperatures of the past two-plus months are about to disappear like last year’s trick or treat candy.
From July 29 to Oct. 10, Kamloops counted 17.8 mm of rain. The normal for this time of year is a much swampier 64 mm — more than three times that amount, said Steele.
The unseasonably warm temperatures, reaching daytime highs between 18 and 20 C, are going to start getting chillier, in the mid-teens, beginning Friday, he said.
That’s when the high pressure system that has kept us warmer than usual gets pushed out by a westerly flow of Pacific moisture. It could bring some cold showers on the weekend and snow to the higher elevations.
By Sunday, the typical fall weather is expected to settle in, he said.
“We’re in for more normal type weather for this time of year. Highs of 15, lows of 4,” he said.
Cloudy skies will replace the open blue that has helped the sun warm things up during the daytime. On the other hand, the clouds will keep the overnight lows from dipping much lower than 4 C.
“The longer-range outlook, 10-day trend, would be cloudy, breezy at times and chance of showers here and there,” said Steele.
“The cloud cover will actually protect us from frost for a while yet. It’ll be warmer overnight with more clouds, but not big daytime warmth from the sun.”