Windy across the BC Interior – Wind to continue Monday

Windy and unsettled weather will continue today across the BC Interior.

11:40AM July 16, 2017 – Environment Canada – A cold front sits just north of Kamloops east to north of Revelstoke early this afternoon. The front will weaken today as it continues southward. Unsettled conditions in its wake will produce gusty westerly winds this afternoon across most interior regions.

Scattered thunderstorms are also expected to develop across much of the central interior and the Columbia region today. Brief showers with strong wind gusts to 70 km/h are possible near thunderstorms as far south as the 100 Mile House, North Thompson and Shuswap regions. There is a slight risk of dry lightning as far south as the South Thompson this afternoon.

Temperatures will drop 6 to 8 degrees today in the cooler airmass but will gradually start to climb again starting on Monday.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, these conditions have the potential to pose challenges to efforts to contain the many wildfires currently burning across B.C.

Please consult your local forecasts for detailed information.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Weather forecast updated 4:PM Sunday July 16, 2017
Sunday Clear. Becoming partly cloudy this evening. Local smoke. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this evening. Low 11.
Mon, 17 Jul Mainly sunny. Local smoke. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 29. UV index 8 or very high.
Night A few clouds. Local smoke. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the evening. Low 10.

Windy weekend across the BC Interior – Wind gusts to 70 km/h

Issued Friday 4PM July 14th – Special statement includes: Boundary, Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lake, West & East Kootenay, Kootenay Lake, Elk Valley.

Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday morning. Local winds gusts up to 70 km/h are possible through some interior valleys and canyons.

The only rain accompanying the front is expected north of the Cariboo region. There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias. Temperatures will drop by 6 to 8 degrees in the wake of the front Sunday. Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, this forecast weather has to the potential to challenge their efforts to contain the many large wildfires currently burning across southern B.C., and could cause growth on a number of these incidents.

Please consult your local forecasts for detailed information.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.