Average Weather in Kamloops Canada
In Kamloops, the summers are warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 83°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 93°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 7 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is August 1, with an average high of 83°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 16 to February 21, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 19°F and high of 28°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Kamloops, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Kamloops begins around June 1 and lasts for 4.1 months, ending around October 6. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 6 and lasts for 7.9 months, ending around June 1. On January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 76% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 24% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Kamloops varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.1 months, from May 15 to January 18, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 26% on November 12.
The drier season lasts 3.9 months, from January 18 to May 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on April 7.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Kamloops changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 10 months, from February 2 to December 9. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 25% on June 11.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.8 months, from December 9 to February 2. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 14% on January 3.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kamloops experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from April 14 to December 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 11, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from December 9 to April 14. The least rain falls around January 14, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kamloops experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from October 30 to March 12, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.7 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 12 to October 30. The least snow falls around July 18, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Kamloops varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 58 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:47 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:02 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 3:56 PM on December 12, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 22 minutes later at 9:18 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kamloops during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Kamloops, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.The average hourly wind speed in Kamloops does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 3.7 miles per hour throughout.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kamloops varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.1 months, from July 14 to August 17, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 18. The wind is most often from the south for 11 months, from August 17 to July 14, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 8 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 16, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 24 to February 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 0.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kamloops are 50.666 deg latitude, -120.319 deg longitude, and 1,808 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kamloops contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,765 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,653 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,747 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,329 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kamloops is covered by sparse vegetation (53%), artificial surfaces (21%), and shrubs (15%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (46%) and shrubs (15%), and within 50 miles by trees (59%) and sparse vegetation (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kamloops, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Kamloops.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kamloops according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Kamloops is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kamloops and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Kamloops Airport (81%, 10 kilometers, northwest); Salmon Arm Automatic Weather Reporting System (13%, 73 kilometers, east); and Princeton Automatic Weather Reporting System (6%, 134 kilometers, south).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.