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Summer heat arrives over weekend

July 22, 2016 11:59 A.M.

Summer heat — the hot heat, not the spring-like conditions of recent weeks — returns Saturday, heralding what is expected to be a sustained period of sunny and dry conditions across much of the province.

After a mix of sun and cloud today, Friday, July 22, the trend switches to weather more typical of this time of year, says Environment Canada. 

There is a 40 percent chance of showers or thundershowers Friday afternoon, but meteorologist Matt MacDonald said it’s clear sailing beyond that, a long awaited change.

“Today is one last unsettled day,” MacDonald said while noting that the annual prolonged heat wave may be at hand. “The ridge we’ve all been waiting for is finally building over the province. I don’t see much of a break ahead to the ideal high-ridge pattern.”

Saturday’s forecast calls for mixed conditions again but no precipitation. Sunday and Monday are expected to be sunny and clear with highs of 32 C. The only exception of Tuesday, when there may be a brief return to mixed weather with a slight chance of showers, but the longer range outlook into August is for good weather.

The past month has been a trying one for people on vacation around B.C., he noted. Those darned embedded cold lows just kept rolling in from the Pacific.

During an average July, Kamloops will see 13 days with highs above 30 C. This month there have been only two so far. The average temperature is 28.9 whereas the average this July has been 25.4 C. Rainfall wasn’t that far off the mark — 31.4 mm compared to the average 36.7.

On the bright side, rain has eased drought concerns, reduced wildfire outbreaks and allowed for campfires, a privilege campers couldn’t enjoy last year at this time.

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