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Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement for Boundary, Kootenay Lake, West Kootenay

The spell of hot weather associated with the ridge will continue through Thursday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement Wednesday for the Southern Interior, including the Boundary, Kootenay Lake and West Kootenay regions.

Environment Canada said a ridge of high pressure originating from the desert U.S. has set up shop over the BC interior.

“The spell of hot weather associated with the ridge will continue through Thursday,” Environment Canada said on its website.

At this time Environment Canada doesn’t expect to issue a widespread Heat Warning for the southern interior.

However, the public is encouraged to protect themselves from the heat.

  • Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
  • Schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Environment Canada said communities will see daytime highs soar into mid-30s while overnight lows recover to the low to mid-teens.

Environment and Climate Change Canada's criteria for issuing a Heat Warning requires maximum temperatures greater than 35C and overnight lows greater than 18C for two or more consecutive days.

Many locales will reach or exceed the 35C high temperature threshold but most areas will drop below 18C at night.

The hotspot in BC Wednesday was Trail, setting a new record of 38.6 C as the new high. The previous record was 36.6 set in 2018.

Environment Canada said a reprieve from the heat will begin on Friday. The transition to more seasonal temperatures will be accompanied by thunderstorms.

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