Lightning in forecast

UPDATE 7:03 a.m.

Environment Canada meteorologist Michel Gelinas tells Castanet, " We could see some isolated thunderstorms over the northern part of the Okanagan today. We have gusty northerly winds today even without the thunderstorms we think the thunderstorms could produce wind gusts from 60 to 70 Km/h."

Temperatures are expected to hold steady for the next couple of days before trending up to the mid 30's next weekend.
Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility in the Okanagan as well. However, it has improved, markedly since last week when the fires first broke out.

Still Environment Canada's Special Air Quality Statement remains in place.

Conditions are much improved in the north Okanagan, as of 6 a.m. the rating on a scale of 1-10 is a 1 and it is only expected to rise to 2 later this afternoon.

A similiar story in the central and south Okanagan as well, 1 as of 6 a.m. and only anticipated to rise to 3 this afternoon.

ORIGINAL 6:19 a.m.

So far the weather has been co-operating to help firefighters get a handle on some of the fires burning in our region.

The BC Wildfire service has stepped up their game. Moving the command centre to West Kelowna over the weekend and dropping fireballs on the Mount Eneas fire to make it larger but also easier to handle according to BC Wildfire Service Incident commander Glen Burgess.

Unfortunately the Environment Canada forecast this week is calling for hotter temperatures and there is a 30 per cent chance of thundershowers which include the possibility of lightning. Not good news for Burgess, "obviously dry lightning is the worst case scenario for us. So with it being in the forecast, we begin to elevate our alert status and put more units on stand-by. We're here fully committed to but if there are new starts we are prepared to help out in our fire centre."

Burgess says all you have to do is look to last Tuesday night to see what can happen when lightning strikes.

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