On July 5 at 11:05 a.m., a special weather statement was released by the Government of Canada stating that weather could reach a stifling 38 degrees celsius in the Elk Valley by Saturday, July 8.
A ridge of high pressure will strengthen over B.C. through Sunday, leading to several days of above seasonal temperatures, read the report.
Temperatures during the daytime on Thursday and Friday are predicted to reach the mid to upper 30’s, and overnight temperatures are predicted to remain high as well.
The heat combined with the warm and dry weather from June will increase the fire danger rating across much of southern B.C. There are currently seven active wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares in the Southeast Fire District.
During these times of high heat, everyone is at risk of heat related illness. Those most vulnerable to high temperatures include young children, the elderly who are housebound in un-air-conditioned homes, those working or excersising in the heat, persons with chronic illnesses, heart and lung conditions, people living alone in un-air-conditioned homes and the homeless.
Those taking medication, particularly for mental illness, heart disease or Alzheimer’s disease, should ask their doctor or pharmacist whether it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their instructions.
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.