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Heat wave expected


The definition of a heat wave is five days in a row of temperatures reaching five degrees or more above average, that's according to the World Meteorological Organization, and that is what the Okanagan could be in for.

Doug Lunquist with Environment Canada says there is currently a ridge of high pressure over the valley, but it will break down for a couple of days before the heat wave could begin.

“Wednesday and Thursday we will cool back down to the high 20s or early 30s and that is the cold days, and then the ridge builds back with real strength towards the weekend,” he explains.

“We are expecting day time highs to get into the mid, and in some parts of the southern interior, the high 30s.”

With those temperatures expected to climb, Interior Health is now warning the public to be vigilant when going outside. They fear many could fall victim to dehydration or sun stroke.

Resident Public Health Physician Lizette Elumir says sun stroke can come on quite quickly.  

“Some warning signs are if you experience nausea, head aches, muscle cramps, fatigue, sometimes your skin starts getting cool,” warns Elumir. She says that if you experience these symptoms you should drink water, get out of the heat and find a way to cool down.

Those most at risk for sun stoke are children, seniors over 60 and those who must work outdoors.

“Your highest risk is when you’re working hard physically and you’re outside,” says the Interior Health representative.

“You should take lots of breaks, stay in the shade as best you can, wear really loose clothing, lots of water and drink something non- caffeinated, non-alcoholic.”

And don't worry, if you are enjoying these sunny days, don’t worry they aren’t about to cloud over any time soon. Doug Lundquist of Environment Canada says we are headed into a warmer than average summer.

“Certainly the summer is looking like, compared to the last few summers, warmer than it has been and certainly way above average at least for the next while.”

Environment Canada is expected to issue a special weather statement in the coming days notifying the public of the possibility of a heat wave.

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