Environment Canada has issued a heat warning as temperatures soar across the Kootenays and are expected to peak in the mid to high 30s C and continue throughout the weekend. The heat warning and possible thunderstorms applies to South Country and the Elk Valley.

A strong ridge of high pressure will remain over the interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions. Daytime highs in the low thirties will continue through the weekend.

Widespread thunderstorm activity is forecast across much of the BC Interior on Friday with severe thunderstorms possible over northern and central regions. Given the recent hot and dry weather, lightning strikes will increase the potential for wildfire activity.

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, lightweight 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 & Climate Change 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.

The fire hazard continues to increase, please respect the present closure and be sure to completly extingiush your camp fire.

Have a very enjoyable long weekend!

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