High winds expected this weekend according to special weather statement
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July 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM
Wind and a return of smoky skies are expected to complicate fire suppression efforts across much of the B.C. Interior this weekend.
A special weather statement has been issued for much of B.C.’s southern interior, including the Thompson, Shuswap and Okanagan regions calling for heavy wind and gusts.
Environment Canada says winds are expected to pick up Saturday afternoon and potentially reach 50 km/h with gusts up to 70 km/h in localized spots as a weather front pushes across southern B.C.
"The only rain accompanying the front is expected north of the Cariboo region. There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias," the statement says. "Temperatures will drop by 6 to 8 degrees in the wake of the front Sunday. Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future."
The winds are expected to move into the Kootenay and Columbia regions Sunday morning. The Thompson, Shuswap and Okanagan may drop six to eight degrees after the front bringing the winds moves on.
A weather statement issued due to the smoke in the air from the wild fires is still in effect. It notes that smoky skies may come and go with the weather but when under smoky skies, residents are warned to protect their lungs by, among other things, not doing strenuous activity outside.
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