Heavy rain, thunderstorms possible in Kamloops area after heat wave breaks on Saturday

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, calling for widespread rainfall to accompany the low pressure system Saturday night and into Sunday, which may strain local rivers.

A low pressure weather system is expected to bring strong thunderstorms to the Kamloops area late Saturday, followed by significant rainfall on Sunday — both of which are not good news for the flood watch in the area as once-in-20-year river levels are forecast in the next month.

While a mini-heat wave will arrive in the region on Friday, bringing highs in the low-30s on Friday and Saturday, there will be a significant change later Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

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Environment Canada said atmospheric conditions ahead of the low on Saturday afternoon may create strong thunderstorms with frequent lightning and very strong wind gusts. Heavy rain may accompany these storms.

The weather agency said widespread rainfall will accompany the low pressure system Saturday night and into Sunday, which may strain local rivers.

Meetings between the City of Kamloops, Emergency Management BC, the River Forecast Centre, the Ministry of Forests and Environment Canada have produced projections expecting somewhere between a 1972 and 1999 flood year, historic flood years in the River City.

For more information on river flow forecasts, and flood warning and advisories, visit the BC River Forecast Centre website at http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm.

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