Okanagan in for a heat wave

Buckets of rain to be soaked up by sun this weekend

  • Jun. 4, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The Okanagan will dry out quickly following the past week’s dumping of rain.

Environment Canada has now issued a special weather statement calling for a prolonged period of hot weather.

“A prolonged period of hot weather will start Saturday and continue through early next week,” reads the statement. “Temperatures will soar well into the 30s, peaking Sunday and Monday in the mid-30s.”

There is a risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon, but then the clouds will clear overnight and fog patches will develop.

Friday calls for a high of 26, which increased to 29 Saturday, 33 Sunday, dips to 31 Monday, back up to 33 Tuesday and back to 31 for Wednesday, June 10.

With this hot, dry weather, there is concern for a higher fire risk. Visit the B.C. Wildfire management branch website at bcwildfire.ca for details and fire safety tips. The fire risk is currently very low to moderate for our region (Kamloops).

Under this hot spell, residents are urged to watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include – dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting – headache – rapid breathing and heartbeat – extreme thirst – decrease urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best.”