Climate Statistics of the Thompson-Nicola Region

We're the arid region.

Overall the Thompson-Nicola region experiences summers that are typically warm and dry. Winters are dry too so working outdoors is comfortable regardless of season.

Kamloops averages 28° C (82° F) in July and -1° C (30° F) in January with just 279 mm (11 inches) of annual precipitation. The mountains get snow around the end of November; the valley gets snowfall around mid-December.

The Thompson Valley experiences BC's hottest summers, with temperatures often in the 30°s C (86°-102° F), and occasionally rising above 40° C (104° F) – we’re talking about Kamloops and north to Barriere, Clearwater and Blue River.

Barriere, Clearwater and Blue River’s winters get more snow than Kamloops with Blue River in the north accumulating the most.

Ashcroft and Cache Creek are situated in dry micro-climates with little precipitation. Winters are dry and mild and lack of precipitation results shallow snow levels.

Lytton tends to be hotter and drier, and Lytton is branded "Canada's Hot Spot".

Merritt and the Nicola Valley, and especially in the grasslands areas, it is warm and dry, and typically sunny with gentle breezes in the spring, summer and fall. There is little snow in the winter. However, winds may cause deep snow drifts.

Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops & the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains in Blue River get snow as early as October and lasts until April. However, parts of the Monashees and Cariboos have snow all year round.

Wells Gray Provincial Park is warm and dry in the summer and gets lots of snow in the winter. The main road into the park is sometimes closed due snow.

You need snowy ranches? Clinton gets a lot of snow and has beautiful dry and warm summers.

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