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Alerts for: Kootenay Lake

Warnings

3:58 PM PDT Thursday 24 June 2021
Heat Warning in effect for:

  • Kootenay Lake

A dangerous long duration heat wave will affect B.C. beginning on Saturday and lasting until Wednesday.

Threat: Daytime highs ranging from 35 to 40 degrees celsius combined with overnight lows of 20 to 22 degrees celsius.

Locations: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, South Thompson, Shuswap, Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lake, Kootenay Lake, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, West Columbia, East Columbia, Yoho Park, Kootenay Park.

Timespan: Saturday to Wednesday.

Remarks: An exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure will develop over British Columbia likely resulting in record breaking temperatures. The duration of this heat wave is concerning as there is little relief at night with elevated overnight temperatures. This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses and increase the risk of wildfires due to drought conditions.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

To get more information:
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
- Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
- Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.

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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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