The heat wave that is baking Kamloops and the rest of the B.C. Interior is expected to break on Friday night, with showers and cooler temperatures forecast for the weekend — just in time for Hot Nite in the City and Ribfest.
Until then, however, the intense heat has prompted Environment Canada to continue to issue a special weather statement, warning people to properly prepare for the sizzling temperatures.
The mercury in Kamloops is expected to reach highs of 35 C on Wednesday, 35 C on Thursday and 36 C on Friday, before clouds move in, bringing showers on Saturday and Sunday, with forecast weekend highs of 26 C.
Environment Canada said the ridge of high pressure bringing the heat to Kamloops originated in the southwest desert of the U.S.
The public is encouraged to protect themselves from the heat by drinking plenty of water even before feeling thirsty, staying in a cool place, scheduling outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day and never leaving people or pets inside parked vehicles.
Environment Canada's criteria for issuing a heat warning requires maximum temperatures greater than 35 C and overnight lows greater than 18 C for two or more consecutive days. Many areas in the B.C. Interior will reach or exceed the 35 C high temperature threshold, but most areas will drop below 18 C at night.
The heat this week may bring a sense of deja vu to Kamloops residents as it was exactly a year ago this week that the Tournament Capital and the South Thompson were basking in record-setting temperatures.
On Aug. 9, 2018, the temperature in Kamloops reached a high of 40.8 C, which is a record for that date.