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Okanagan weather: Hot week ahead, heat warning issued

From the Shuswap to the South Okanagan, temperatures will reach the low 30s for Tuesday, then rise to the mid-30s for Wednesday and Thursday. Getty Images

It’s going to be another hot, sunny week in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

From the Shuswap to the South Okanagan, Environment Canada is calling for temperatures in the low 30s on Tuesday that will rise to 35 C on Wednesday and Thursday.

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In addition, the national weather agency has issued a heat warning for the Central and South Okanagan, saying daytime highs could reach 35 to 40 C, along with overnight lows in the high teens.

“A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a short-lived heat wave to British Columbia,” said Environment Canada.

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“High temperatures once again return to Southern Interior with daytime highs 35 to 40 C and overnight lows near 18 C over Fraser Canyon, South Thompson, Central and South Okanagan. Unsettled weather and cooler temperatures are forecast beginning Friday as a series of disturbances cross the region.”

A map showing potential temperatures this week in B.C. Skytracker / Global News

After Environment Canada issued the heat warning, the City of West Kelowna issued a release regarding this week’s forecast.

“Living in the Central Okanagan, we are accustomed to hot, sunny weather. But with sustained temperatures from 35 to 40 C with little reprieve of cooler evening air temperatures, it is important to keep cool and stay aware,” said the city.

To reduce the risk of heat effects, the city suggests the following:

  • Identify cool locations inside and outside of your home.
  • Find ways to cool down and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Connect with those who may be more susceptible to heat illness.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and are with you in cool locations.

More times can be found online at Prepared BC: Household Preparedness Guide.

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And on Tuesday afternoon, Interior Health issued a public service announcement.

IHA says the most susceptible people include:

  • Older adults, especially those over 60
  • People who live alone
  • People with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory disease
  • People with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression or anxiety
  • People with substance use disorders
  • People with limited mobility and other disabilities
  • People who are marginally housed
  • People who work in hot environments
  • People who are pregnant
  • Infants and young children

The release noted that B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control provides a broad range of heat-related guidance on its website, including information on the different types of heat alerts and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

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Below are Environment Canada’s local forecasts.

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Salmon Arm

  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 31 C, low 14 C.
  • Wednesday: Sunny. High 35 C, low 15 C.
  • Thursday: Sunny. High 35 C, low 17 C.
  • Friday: Cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 29 C, low 18 C.
  • Saturday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Sunday: Mix of sun and cloud. High 30 C, low 15 C.

Vernon

  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 15 C.
  • Wednesday: Sunny. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Thursday: Mix of sun and cloud. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Friday: Cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 30 C, low 17 C.
  • Saturday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Sunday: Sunny. High 30 C, low 15 C.

Kelowna

  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 15 C.
  • Wednesday: Sunny. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Thursday: Mix of sun and cloud. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Friday: Cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 30 C, low 17 C.
  • Saturday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Sunday: Sunny. High 30 C, low 16 C.

Penticton

  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Wednesday: Sunny. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Thursday: Mix of sun and cloud. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Friday: Cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 30 C, low 17 C.
  • Saturday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Sunday: Sunny. High 30 C, low 16 C.

Osoyoos

  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Wednesday: Sunny. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Thursday: Mix of sun and cloud. High 35 C, low 18 C.
  • Friday: Cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers. High 30 C, low 17 C.
  • Saturday: Sunny. High 33 C, low 16 C.
  • Sunday: Sunny. High 30 C, low 16 C.
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