The mercury didn’t break 40 C and there was less rain than usual this summer in Kamloops, which saw near-average temperatures for the summer months.
Kamloopsians may not have felt a difference in the heat last month as the mean daily temperature for August was 21.7 C, which was in line with the 20.9 C average in August 2018.
“It’s only the 22nd-warmest on record,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon, noting records date to 1892.
The summer months as a whole were on par with historical averages.
Across June, July and August this year, the mean daily temperature was 20.4 C.
“And that’s pretty much bang on [the] normal of 20.3 degrees Celsius,” Sekhon said.
Monthly highs for those months were 33.3 C on June 12, 35.2 C on July 22 and 36.4 C on Aug. 8.
Uncharacteristically, the mercury stayed below 40 C.
Last year, Kamloops broke that mark on Aug. 9 with a 40.2 C day.
“The last two summers in general were very hot and dry,” Sekhon said.
“This year, we just had a much different [weather] pattern over B.C., where the really strong ridge of high pressure with the heat was more anchored over Alaska and even into the Yukon.”
Sekhon said B.C. experienced more low atmospheric pressure, which kept temperatures a little cooler and closer to historical averages.
Kamloops had a dry summer, however, with the city receiving 76 per cent of the rain that usually falls between June and August.
During those three months, 71.4 millimetres of rain fell on Kamloops, compared to last summer’s 92.4 millimetres, which is close to the average 93 millimetres of precipitation Kamloops receives in the summer months.
Sekhon said 2019 may have been a drier month, but the numbers still fall within the normal range for Kamloops at this time of year.
And, unlike 2018 and 2017, there was virtually no wildfire smoke with which to contend.
For this fall, due to higher than normal surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Environment Canada is expecting warmer than normal temperatures along B.C.’s coast, which can mean the same for B.C.’s southern Interior, Sekhon said.
He said the daily mean temperature for September in Kamloops is 15.6 C.
In October, it’s 8.5 C and in November, it is 2.1 C.