Recalling fifth-hottest August on record
After a soggy start, summer finished up hot and dry in the Tournament Capital.
According to weather data from Environment Canada, August brought only two days of measurable rain to the city — a major downpour that saw some areas of the city get up to 15 millimetres of rain on the 23rd and a 1.2-millimetre sprinkle on the sixth.
But, while rain was down, temperatures were up. The average daily high for the month was 30.5 C, compared to the usual 28 C.
The month’s average daily low and mean temperature were also higher than is usual for this time of year.
August’s real scorcher came early in the month, when temperatures hit nearly 38 C on the fifth — a new record high for that date and the hottest temperature recorded all summer.
The coldest recorded temperature wouldn’t come until the 25th, when Kamloops cooled down to just under 11 C overnight.
Overall, it was the fifth-hottest August on record in the city and a relatively dry one as well, with the city getting less than 40 per cent of its usual monthly rainfall.
However, the summer as a whole is still wetter than average, thanks to heavy rainfalls in June.
The city received 134 millimetres of rain during the last three months, compared to 94 millimetres on average.
But, it was also a slightly hotter-than-average summer, with temperatures climbing above 35 C for 10 days (the average is six) and above 30 C for 38 days, compared to the usual 26 days.