A word from Enviro Canada:
Special weather statement in effect for:
Windy weekend across the BC Interior.
The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the weather over southern BC will give way to a cold front on Saturday. Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday morning. Local winds gusts up to 70 km/h are possible through some interior valleys and canyons.
The only rain accompanying the front is expected north of the Cariboo region. There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias. Temperatures will drop by 6 to 8 degrees in the wake of the front Sunday. Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future.
According to the BC Wildfire Service, this forecast weather has to the potential to challenge their efforts to contain the many large wildfires currently burning across southern B.C., and could cause growth on a number of these incidents.
Please consult your local forecasts for detailed information.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
.... and just in case you need more details on the weather for this weekend:
For Immediate Release
July 14, 2017
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service
Dry lightning in the forecast for southeast B.C.
CASTLEGAR - With dry lightning and gusty winds in the weather forecast, the BC Wildfire Service is encouraging people to be extremely cautious and remain vigilant when out in the backcountry to avoid sparking human-caused wildfires.
The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing very dry conditions and elevated fire danger ratings. The fire danger rating is "high" to "extreme" throughout the region.
The Southeast Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its support and understanding throughout this busy and challenging fire season, and for continuing to report wildfires and open burning violations to the Wildfire Reporting Hotline at 1 800 663-5555 (toll-free) or *5555 on a cellphone.
For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit www.bcwildfire.ca
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
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