UPDATE: Century-old weather record falls in Kamloops

By Greg Fry
August 9, 2018 - 10:20am Updated: August 10, 2018 - 6:46am

KAMLOOPS — Update:

Environment Canada confirms a weather record has been broken in Kamloops.

Meteorologist Doug Lundquist says the temperature reached 40.8 degrees at 4 p.m. Thursday besting the previous record for this date of 37.8 degrees in 1898.  We could be close to another record today. With the highs forecast around 38 degrees, we'll be close to the modern day record of 38.7, set in 1981.

Earlier: Another scorching hot day in Kamloops today may lead to a new weather record.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 40 degrees, which would smash the old record of 37.8 degrees set this day in 1898.

"It's entirely possible.The one big thing that we have to worry about is the thickness of smoke that we have over us," says Meteorologist Doug Lundquist. "That tends to reduce the amount of sunshine that hits the ground and puts kind of a lid on our high temperatures."

He says that's what happened yesterday when Kamloops hit 37.5 degrees - just a hair shy of the record set in 1898 when it reached 37.8 degrees.

However, Lundquist says there were records set in other nearby communities Wednesday including Merritt (36.3), Cache Creek (38.8) and Lytton, which hit a provincial high of 40.6 degrees.

If Kamloops does hit 40 degrees celsius, it will be the 16th time on record dating back to 1890 and just the third time in the 2000's.

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