Environment Canada has issued a warmer than average hot stretch special weather statement is in effect for the Elk Valley.

The first hot stretch of the summer for the BC Interior and Elk Valley will begin this Saturday and continue to at least early next week. The daytime highs rising into the low to mid 30’s with overnight lows down to the mid-teens.

The BC Interior will experience its first stretch of warmer than average temperatures beginning this weekend. On Saturday, temperatures will reach into the upper 20’s. For the remainder of the weekend and early next week, temperatures will rise into the low to mid 30’s. Overnight lows will fall to the mid-teens.

With elevated temperatures, the risk of heat related illnesses increase.

Freezing levels rise throughout this event and will lead to an increase in snowmelt and snowpack instability. Increased stream flows due to run-off are possible.

Please refer to the British Columbia River Forecast Centre and Avalanche Canada for local messaging:

Temperatures are expected to return to near-nomal values by the middle of next week as a cooler, unsettled airmass pushes onshore.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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