A look at your long weekend weather, dry lightning expected

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Make sure to keep a watchful eye under those sunshades this weekend; despite sunny forecasts, B.C. Wildfire is expecting dry lightning to hit the area.

“We’re heading into a period now where we’re seeing the potential for more naturally occurring wildfires to pop up, but with lightning tracking in the region it’s common at this time of year,” fire information officer Melissa Klassen said.

While risk of showers remain low, lightning without rain is expected and can still cause a fire. If you see a wildfire call 1-800-633-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.

When it comes to the sunshine, expect to seek shade, apply sunscreen and keep cold drinks nearby; temperatures over 30 C are anticipated during the long weekend.

Celebrators at the Kamloopa Pow Wow can enjoy a sunny festival with highs to reach 36 C and a low of 18 C in the evenings. 

The Weather Network is suggesting a chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday, but the chances are a low 30 per cent.

Vernon weather will remain in the low 30s – between 32 and 33 with an average low of 17 C.

Kelowna residents can expect a mixture of sun and cloud on Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures are estimated to soar at 32 C. The same forecast goes for Penticton and its 8,000 Boonstock guests.

Given the high and dry temperatures, B.C. Wildfire is advising campers of the current bans on campfires and open burning. Those who burn illegally could be fined.

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