All-time heat record could fall Thursday, with Kamloops high forecast to top 40 C

Thursday’s high has the potential to be the hottest ever recorded in Kamloops, according to an Environment Canada meteorologist.

Lisa Erven said the Tournament Capital’s forecast will put the all-time mark — 41.7 C, recorded on July 16, 1941 — in jeopardy.

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“Temperatures should peak on Thursday and we’ve got a daytime high of 40 C in the forecast for Kamloops,” she said.

“That daytime high has the potential to set a daily temperature record for Aug. 9, but it will also flirt with the all-time record.”

Kamloops’ hottest Aug. 9 was recorded in 1898, when the mercury reached 37.8 C — dead on 100 degrees if going by Fahrenheit.

“We’ve got a forecast high of 40 degrees, so we’ll be very close to both those,” Erven said, adding it’s important to take precautions in extreme heat.

“The best things to do are to drink plenty of water, seek cool places like the community swimming pool, seek out air-conditioned places like the library or shopping malls, and of course never leave pets or people inside parked vehicles.”

Erven also urged Kamloops residents to check on elderly family members, friends and neighbours to make sure precautions are being taken.

The heat wave is expected to snap on Friday, when a cooler system is forecast to move across B.C.

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