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UPDATED: Heat Wave continues through Friday

No doubt beaches, like the one at Lakeside Park in Nelson, will be popular as the public looks to cool off during the first heat wave of the summer season. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada is continuing its Heat Warning for the Southern Interior of BC, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius, combined with overnight lows near 18 degrees Celsius, through Friday.

"A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions," Environment Canada said.

"On Friday, temperatures will begin to moderate as the ridge of high pressure weakens beginning in the Fraser Canyon. The Kootenays will see temperatures moderate on Saturday."

Environment Canada said the heat risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors and advise the public to drink plenty of water even before feeling thirsty and stay in a cool place.

  • Reduce your heat risk.
  • Schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

To get more information:

  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.
  • Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
  • Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.

Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

Get Ready For First Heat Wave of Season

Get ready for the first heat wave of the season, starting Monday, said Environment Canada on its website.

Beginning this weekend, Environment Canada said a strong ridge of high pressure will build over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to seasonably hot conditions.

“Temperatures will start to climb this weekend,” the Environment Canada website said.

“By Monday afternoon daytime highs will soar to the mid - 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,” Environment Canada added.

Environment Canada said by Wednesday, temperatures will begin to moderate as the ridge of high pressure breaks down.

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.


Environment Canada said Heat Warnings may eventually be issued for some southern interior regions as we get closer to the start of the hot weather.

Environment Canada issues heat warnings for the southern B.C. interior when we expect two consecutive days of maximums of 35 degrees or higher with an overnight minimum of 18 degrees or higher.