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Posted: August 17, 2020

Heat warning issued for Cranbrook and area

Environment Canada has this afternoon issued a heat warning for the Cranbrook and Creston areas.

Temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 18 degrees Celsius will continue. A ridge of high pressure over southern B.C. continues to bring high temperatures. High temperatures today will be near yesterday’s values, or perhaps two or three degrees lower over western sections. But temperatures will remain above heat warning criteria,” Environment Canada stated in its alert.

“Little relief is expected tonight as overnight temperatures only drop to the mid to upper teens.”

On Tuesday, August 18, daytime highs will be a few degrees lower than today, reaching the low-mid 30s. The heat warning will likely be ended sometime on Tuesday, Environment Canada said.

While the heat warning does not cover the Columbia Valley and Elk Valley, temperatures are expected to reach about 34 C today.

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Reduce your heat risk. Schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

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.


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