4:36 AM PDT Friday 26 June 2015
Special weather statement in effect for:
Major heat wave over Southern British Columbia this weekend.
Hot desert air will move into Southwestern British Columbia this weekend. Daily highs are expected to reach mid to high thirties over much of the Southern British Columbia. For parts of the Southern Interior daily highs are forecast to reach 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday. Several daily temperature records are likely to fall with the possibility of monthly records falling come the end of June.
Temperatures will cool slightly at the beginning of next week, as a weak weather disturbance brings the potential for scattered thunderstorms but afterward conditions still remain hot through Canada day.
High temperatures can be dangerous especially if you have heart problems and breathing difficulties. Be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness.
When it is hot and when you are active on a warm day, drink plenty of fluids. Drink extra water even before you feel thirsty. Ask your health care provider about how much water you should drink on hot days if you are on water pills or limiting your fluid intake.
Regularly check older adults, children and others for signs of heat-related illness and make sure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Check on those who are unable to leave their homes, and people with emotional or mental health concerns whose judgment may be impaired.
For more information on heat-related illness visit HTTP://WWW.HEALTHLINKBC.CA/HEALTHFILES/HFILE35.STM
For the latest temperature forecasts specific to your location, please visit Environment Canada's website at www.weather.gc.ca.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.
Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weather.gc.ca