Environment Canada issues wind warning for Saturday

By James Peters
July 14, 2017 - 2:30pm

KAMLOOPS — Environment Canada has issued a weather warning ahead of expected strong winds over the weekend.

Forecaster Alyssa Charbonneau says the gusty winds will enflame the wildfire danger.

"We're looking at generally in the order of 20 to 30 kilometres per hour, with gusts that could be up to 50 kilometres per hour," said Charbonneau.

"I know near the Kamloops area and the South Thompson, we're looking at westerly winds in the 30 to 50 kilometre per hour range tomorrow afternoon."

"These are supposed to ease as we get into tomorrow night and calm down through the day on Sunday. So the real peak of the winds we're expecting is tomorrow afternoon and into tomorrow evening."

Charbonneau says lightning may accompany the cold front moving in, but only further to the north of Kamloops.

"For the South Thompson and, really the southern part of the Interior of British Columbia, conditions are going to be dry and we do not have much of a risk of lightning at this point. The lightning right now looks to be near the Cariboo and further north, as well as potentially a slight risk into the Kootenays as well."

While temperatures drop slightly in the near term, Charbonneau says that won't last.

"We do get a little bit of cooler temperatures for Sunday and Monday behind this front, but then starts to change as we climb back into the 30s for the middle part of next week. Continuing sunny, dry conditions right through next week is what we see."

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