Environment Canada issues heat warning for BC Southern Interior
Environment Canada has issued the following warning for the area:
A heat wave will impact British Columbia this week.
Threat: Daytime high temperatures 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. Early morning low temperatures 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.
When: Tuesday to Saturday.
Locations: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, South Thompson, Shuswap, Boundary, Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake.
Remarks: A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a heat wave to British Columbia this week. The peak daytime high temperatures are expected from Wednesday to Friday. Then, a slow cooling trend is likely next weekend to early August.
The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening. The coolest time of the day will be near the sunrise.
Extreme heat affects everyone.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
To get more information:
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
- Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
- Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.
Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.