After a cool and wet spring, get ready for a brief heat wave.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Kamloops and the South Thompson region, advising of a spike in temperatures this weekend as the first hot stretch of the summer arrives.
The mercury is expected to reach 25 C on Friday (June 24), 26 on Saturday, 32 on Sunday and 33 on Monday before wet and cool conditions return on Tuesday.
Freezing levels will rise through the warming period, leading to an increase in snowmelt and snowpack instability. Increased stream flows due to run-off are possible, amplifying the flood threat that now exists.
In addition, Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the North Thompson, with conditions favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
Heavy rain in the North and South Thompson headwaters are expected to contribute to rising river and tributary levels in Kamloops and the region.