Kamloops Heat Wave Persists with High Temperatures

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Heat Warning

Current Conditions

As of 3:00 AM PDT on Thursday, July 11, 2024, Kamloops is experiencing clear skies with a temperature of 19.8°C. The dew point is at 8.4°C, resulting in a humidity level of 48%. Winds are light from the southwest at 3 km/h, and the barometric pressure is 101.4 kPa and rising. Visibility is excellent at 64 km.

Heat Warning in Effect

Elevated Temperature Forecast

Kamloops and the southern BC interior are under a heat warning with daytime highs reaching the mid to high 30s°C and overnight lows in the high teens. A ridge of high pressure is causing these high temperatures, which are expected to moderate slightly starting tomorrow but remain elevated. The warning might continue into the weekend for some regions.

Health Precautions

Heat affects everyone, but certain groups are at higher risk, including seniors, individuals with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, people with mental health issues, and those with limited mobility. It’s important to:

  • Check on Vulnerable People: Ensure family, friends, and neighbors who are at higher risk have access to cool spaces.
  • Recognize Heat Illness Symptoms: Watch for early signs like feeling unwell, fatigue, thirst, headache, and dark urine. These can quickly escalate to life-threatening conditions.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink water regularly, even before feeling thirsty, to prevent dehydration.
  • Seek Cooler Environments: Move to shaded or air-conditioned spaces when possible.

For more information, visit HealthLinkBC online resources or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1.

Today’s Detailed Forecast

Morning to Afternoon

Today will be sunny with winds becoming west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h in the morning. The high temperature will reach 35°C, and the UV index is high at 7, so sun protection is necessary.

Evening

Tonight will remain clear, with winds from the west at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h before becoming light in the evening. The low will be 18°C, offering minimal relief from the day’s heat.

Upcoming Days

Friday, July 12

Friday will be sunny with a high of 36°C. Overnight, expect cloudy periods with a 30% chance of showers and a low of 19°C.

Saturday, July 13

Saturday will continue with sunny weather and a high of 36°C. The night will be clear with a low of 19°C.

Sunday, July 14

Sunday is forecasted to be sunny with another high of 36°C. The night will remain clear with a low of 17°C.

Historical Weather Trivia

On this date, Kamloops’ record high temperature was 39.0°C, set in 1941. The record low was a cool 7.0°C, recorded in 1965.

What to Wear

Given the extremely high temperatures and sunny conditions, it’s advisable to wear light, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are essential for sun protection. Apply a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays.

Kamloops Weather Trivia

Did you know? Kamloops, often referred to as the “Tournament Capital of Canada,” has a semi-arid climate, making it one of the driest and sunniest cities in Canada. The city’s location and climate make it a popular destination for outdoor activities year-round.

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