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Weekend to bring hottest of heat

August 17, 2016 10:19 A.M.

A hot spell is not only supposed to continue for southern B.C. through to the end of August, it’s expected to get hotter.

Wednesday’s high of 31 should be cooled slightly by winds out of the west at 30 km/h. The same wind keeps conditions a little cooler Thursday, Aug. 18, before it disappears. That’s when day time highs begin to climb, from 33 C Friday to 36 C Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, Environment Canada predicts.

In its 14-day outlook, The Weather Network forecasts more of the same, although temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s next week. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, the extreme heat returns with highs of 34 and 35 C respectively.

Normally temperatures hover in the mid to high 20s in Kamloops at this time of year.

To the relief of some, temperatures are beginning to drop more at night from the high teens to the low teens.

The sustained heat could bring a fresh set of challenges with wildfires. Conditions have remained mostly moderate with only pockets of high in the Kamloops Fire Centre for much of the season so far. There has been only a fraction of the fires at this time last year and many of them have been brought under control in early stages.

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