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Posted: July 25, 2020

Incoming hot weather heads up issued

Environment Canada this morning (July 25) warns about incoming hot weather conditions for the East Kootenay.

A special weather statement covering rising temperatures is in effect for the entire region, with the exception of Kootenay National Park, stretching into the middle of next week.

“Beginning this weekend, a strong ridge of high pressure will build over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to seasonably hot conditions. Temperatures will start to climb this weekend. By Monday afternoon daytime highs will soar to the mid – upper 30s with the hot air persisting until Tuesday or Wednesday. Overnight minimums during that stretch will only dip into the mid-teens. providing little relief from the heat which can lead to an increase in heat related illnesses,” Environment Canada said in its special weather statement.

By Wednesday, temperatures will begin to moderate as the ridge of high pressure breaks down.

The public is advised to take measures to prevent overheating including:
-Stay cool and hydrated, particularly during the hottest period of the day from 1pm to 5pm.
-Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening.
-Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
-Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
-NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car.

Heat warnings may eventually be issued for some southern interior regions as we get closer to the start of the hot weather. Environment Canada issues heat warnings for the southern B.C. interior when we expect two consecutive days of maximums of 35 degrees or higher with an overnight minimum of 18 degrees or higher.


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