Records won’t be broken, but a late blast of summer heat brings some unseasonably warm weather to the Kamloops region next week.
“If it were July 15th or July 20th, it would be 40-degree weather,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist.
The sun and the heat — which is expected to return by the end of the weekend — is a far cry from the cool and wet air that swamped the region Friday.
Kamloops experienced sporadic rainfall, but hundreds of North Okanagan residents went without power as a thunderstorm hit the area.
The heavy storm rolled through Vernon, causing a blackout that affected roughly 2,200 residences. B.C. Hydro had the power back on by late morning.
Next week will tell a different story, with several days of pleasant, 30 C weather, said Lundquist.
In order to break a record, temperatures need to reach 32 or 33 C. Lundquist doesn’t expect that will happen unless strong gusts of wind stir up the heat and carry it into the valley.
“There’s not enough power in the sun at this time of year,” he said. “It’s going to be close, but not quite.”
The weather isn’t expected to last beyond next weekend. Lundquist said the long-range forecast predicts a break in temperatures around Sept. 15 or 16.
Historically, 30 C weather doesn’t last in Kamloops beyond Sept. 19, he said.
“It looks like there will be a cold front for the middle of the month,” said Lundquist.
The bands of showers and thunderstorms continued on and off throughout the day Friday, and some areas saw up to 40 millimetres of rainfall.
A thunder-and-lightning storm swept through the province’s south coast Thursday night, causing power outages in Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, and even delaying flights at Vancouver’s airport.