For those still chilly to the touch due to the fifth-coldest February on record that blew Arctic air into March, rejoice — if the forecast for the weekend is correct, if will appear as though summer has arrived in Kamloops.
Both Environment Canada and the Weather Network are calling for sunshine and temperatures rising to as high as the upper teens by Monday.
The expected sudden switch from below normal to above normal temperatures is the latest quirky change of mind chosen by Mother Nature this winter. The season started warm and dry through November, December and January. Then, on Feb. 3, the Arctic air arrived and simply would not go home — until now.
With sunshine and above-zero temperatures gracing the city this week, the warming trend is expected to continue.
Environment Canada is calling for sunshine and highs of 9 C on Friday, 10 C on Saturday, 15 C on Sunday and 17 C on Monday. The Weather Network is a bit more conservative in its forecast, predicting sunshine and highs of 7 C on Friday, 9 C on Saturday, 11 C on Sunday and 14 C on Monday. Overnight lows are expected to be no colder than -4 C.
If the forecasts are correct and Kamloops is blessed with double-digit readings this weekend, it will be the first time the mercury has hit 10 C or above since Jan. 27 (when the high was 11.7 C) — a cold stretch of 42 days.
If Environment Canada is on the mark and the high on Monday hits 17 C, it will be the hottest March 18 in Kamloops since before the Second World War and about three degrees shy of the record — 21.1 C in 1910.