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Grab your water bottle, it’s going to get hot — really hot

Sue Farrel Holler overlooks Okanagan Lake from Kin Beach on June 21, 2017.
July 05, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Weather officials are warning of a long, hot stretch of weather over the coming days.

A ridge of high pressure will strengthen over B.C. through Sunday, leading to several days of above seasonal temperatures, according to a special weather statement from Environment Canada.

Afternoon temperatures will rise a couple degrees each day this week, with daytime maximum temperatures reaching the mid to upper 30's Thursday through the weekend. Overnight conditions will also remain quite warm, Environment Canada says.

The heat combined with the warm and dry weather from June will increase the fire danger rating across much of southern B.C.

Environment Canada is reminding the public that heat related illnesses are more likely during prolonged periods of hot weather. Those most vulnerable to high temperatures include young children, the elderly who are housebound in un-air-conditioned homes, those working or exercising in the heat, persons with chronic illnesses, heart and lung conditions, people living alone in un-air-conditioned homes and the homeless. If you are taking medication, particularly for mental illness, heart disease or Alzheimer's disease, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their instructions.

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