Next few days are going to be hot, especially in S. Thompson area

Heat warning issued

Brace yourself, the next few days are going to be hot ones.

After a brief cool spell, the mercury is once again rising with Kamloops to Penticton anticipated to get temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

While Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton are expected to reach 32C today, the temperature will reach 35C Sunday through Tuesday before cooling off to 29C for the rest of the week.

But the South Thompson area is expected to see temperatures as high as 40C over the next few days, prompting Environment Canada to issue a heat warning.

“Temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 18 degrees Celsius are expected for the next two days,” said a statement by Environment Canada.

“A ridge of high pressure will build over Southern BC this weekend with temperatures peaking on Sunday and Monday. Sunday is expected to be the hottest day with maximum temperatures in the high 30s, likely reaching 40 at Lytton. Overnight Sunday into Monday, temperatures will only cool to the upper teens, and may stay above 20 in windier locations of the Fraser Canyon.”

People are being advised to schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day and to drink plenty of water.

Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

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