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'Dangerous long duration heatwave' on its way, Environment Canada warns

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June 23, 2021 - 4:47 PM

No matter where you are in the next few days, you will need to find reprieve from what Environment Canada is calling "a dangerous long-duration heatwave."

An exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure will develop over the province likely resulting in record-breaking temperatures on Saturday, June 26, and they will last until Tuesday. Daytime highs will range from 35 to 40 Celsius combined with overnight lows of 20 to 22 C.

"The duration of this heatwave is concerning as there is little relief at night with elevated overnight temperatures," the national weather agency explained. 

"This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses and increase the risk of wildfires due to drought conditions."

Getting exceptionally hot during this stretch are the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, South Thompson, Shuswap, Boundary and West Kootenay.

If you're out, make sure to drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Environment Canada also recommends checking on older family, friends and neighbours and make sure they are cool and drinking water.

"Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine," reads the warning.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

To get more information about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself go this page on HealthLink B.C


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