Central Okanagan – including Kelowna
North Okanagan – including Vernon
South Okanagan – including Penticton
Extended Spell of Summer Heat over the Southern Interior…
Temperatures reaching 35 to 40 degrees will continue.
A prolonged stretch of well above normal temperatures will continue for the southwestern interior and expand into the Okanagan, Boundary and Kootenay Lake regions as a ridge of high pressure remains anchored offshore. This period of hot weather will persist into early next week. Daily high temperatures will reach the mid to upper 30s for most sectors and up to 40 C in the Fraser Canyon.
Environment and Climate Change Canada, in conjunction with Medical Health Officials, have issued this alert due to the persistent high daytime temperatures, warm overnight low temperatures and the extended duration of this warm period.
Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding people to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:
– Stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water.
– Spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day.
– Avoid sunburn by staying in the shade and using sunscreen with spf 30 or more.
– Never leave people or pets in a parked car.
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.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
– Check the local news for health and safety updates.
– For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811.
– Contact your local government to find out what services (such as air-conditioned buildings and public splash parks) are available in your area.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.