And finally some scorchers . . .

Please forgive Osoyoos residents if they suggest the South Okanagan didn’t enjoy much of a spring this year.

With a dreary March, April and May — and a wet June — summer was a welcome friend this week.

And it looks like that friend might be staying awhile.

The Weather Network is predicting “warm” weather for July and August — and offering a sneak peek the last week of June.

Highs of up to 38C are predicted for the weekend through Monday, with hot, sunny weather the norm through the first part of July, with just three days of sub-30 highs expected.

“A warm summer is expected across (BC), but we do not expect persistent extreme heat comparable to what we saw during 2014 and 2015,” reports the Weather Network’s Doug Gillham.

“(BC) saw abundant rain and mountain snow through the spring season, so that will reduce the wildfire threat early in the season,” he adds.

“However, near normal precipitation is expected during the season that is typically the driest of the year. Therefore, the wildfire threat will increase somewhat as the season progresses.”

A reminder on staying cool as the warm weather finally arrives:

  • Stay hydrated: Water is essential for keeping you cool during hot weather. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Choose cooling foods like salads, fresh raw food, vegetables and fruit.
  • Stay out of the sun while it’s at its hottest.
  • Wear lighter clothing. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing will help to keep you cooler.

And remember, above all else, don’t leave children or pets unattended in hot vehicles.

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