(Photo by James Day on Unsplash)

Heat wave headed to the Kootenays

Temperatures are forecast to soar until mid-week

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Friday afternoon, this one about a heat wave headed to the West Kootenay.

Beginning this weekend, the weather experts report that a strong ridge of high pressure will build over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to seasonably hot conditions.

Temperatures will start climb by Sunday.

By Monday afternoon daytime highs will soar to the mid-and-upper 30’s with the hot air persisting until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Overnight minimums during that stretch will only dip into the mid-teens, providing little relief from the heat which can lead to an increase in heat-related illnesses.

By Wednesday, temperatures will begin to moderate as the ridge of high pressure breaks down.

Heat warnings may be issued for some southern interior regions as the province gets closer to the start of the hot weather.

Environment Canada issues such warnings for the southern B.C. interior when two consecutive days of maximums of 35 degrees or higher are in the forecast with an overnight minimum of 18 degrees or higher.

The public is advised to take measures to prevent overheating including:

-Stay cool and hydrated, particularly during the hottest period of the day from 1pm to 5pm.

-Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening.

-Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

-Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.

-NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car..

To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Columbia BasinEnvironment Canada weather

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Health First’ leads planning for SD51 re-opening.

The province wants final plans by Aug. 26

July Kootenay real estate sales at record high

Sales and prices of Kootenay real estate on the rise

Smoker Farms bringing craft-style cannabis to Beaverdell

Husband-wife team growing small-scale cultivations of marijuana

RCMP investigating alleged pellet gun shooting

Those involved are considered well known to Grand Forks RCMP

Maintain your yards, advises Grand Forks Fire Department

Short grass kept Aug. 2 camper fire from spreading

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

B.C. wildfire crews have battled 111 blazes in the last seven days

Twenty-nine fires remain active, as of Friday (Aug 7)

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

Most Read