Heat and smoke warnings issued
Environment Canada this morning issued a Special Weather Statement warning about heat in effect for the Columbia Valley, Kimberley and Cranbrook areas of the East Kootenay, along with a Special Air Quality statement covering smoky skies for the entire region.
“A strengthening ridge of high pressure over the southern interior will boost daytime high temperatures into the mid to high 30s Celsius with overnight lows in the mid to high teens later this week,” Environment Canada reported.
“As temperatures rise in the next few days, current indications are that the hottest weather is expected on Friday and Saturday for most regions. The highest temperatures are expected to be in Fraser Canyon, Thompson – Okanagan, and the southern Kootenays. Widespread wildfire smoke may lower the forecast high temperatures in some locations.”
Heat warnings may be issued for some more regions as the event draws closer.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps. fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
Many regions of B.C. are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.