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Heat wave rolls into the Okanagan, Kamloops today

June 26, 2021 - 9:02 AM

That dangerous long-duration heat wave Environment Canada has been talking about has arrived today and its effects will be around until Wednesday.

Daytime highs ranging from 35 to 40 C combined with overnight lows of 18 to 22 C are expected to challenge the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, South Thompson, Shuswap, Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lake, Kootenay Lake, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, West Columbia, East Columbia, Yoho Park and Kootenay Park.

"An exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure will continue to build over British Columbia likely resulting in record breaking temperatures for the next few days," Environment Canada said. "The duration of this heat wave is concerning as there is little relief at night with elevated overnight temperatures. This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses and increase the risk of wildfires due to drought conditions."

To stay well, they recommend drinking plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Symptoms of heat illness include dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

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

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