Thunderstorm watch issued for Kamloops and region

Lightning would hit extremely dry landscape — through June 12, only 1.4 millimetres of rain has fallen locally, while the monthly average is 37.4 millimetres

The latest heat wave has led to a severe thunderstorm watch being issued for the Kamloops region on Thursday.

Environment Canada said conditions may lead to dangerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

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The weather agency expects thunderstorms to develop Thursday afternoon and move east to southeast. Some of the thunderstorms may become severe, with the main threats of heavy downpours — up to 15 millimetres of rain per hour — and large hail. Very strong wind gusts are possible, especially across open areas such as large lakes.

The storms are expected to last into the night.

If the thunderstorms do develop, the severe thunderstorm watch will be elevated to a warning.

The mercury is expected to nudge 30 C on Thursday, with sunshine and highs in the upper 20s and low 30s expected into next week. This past Wednesday’s high of 34 C was the second-hottest June 12 on record, since data began being compiled in 1892. It was four degrees shy of the record-setting June 12, 1982, when the high was 38 C.

June is historically the wettest month of the year in Kamloops, and May to September normally the wettest stretch of months locally.

But May and June have been dry in Kamloops.

Through June 12, only 1.4 millimetres of rain has fallen locally, while the monthly average is 37.4 millimetres. In May, 17.4 millimteres of rain was recorded in Kamloops, compared to the historical average of 31 millimetres.

In addition, drought level warnings have been issued for Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and B.C.’s northeast and are expected to spread in the weeks ahead.

© Kamloops This Week


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