Summer has finally arrived in the South Okanagan.
Environment Canada is issuing a heat warning for the South and Central Okanagan this morning, telling Osoyoos residents what they already know.
It’s getting warm out there — and it’s going to stay warm through Thursday.
Daytime highs of at least 35 degrees and overnight lows of 18 degrees will occur over the next couple of days, Environment Canada is forecasting.
Some slightly cooler weather is in store beginning mid-week as an upper level trough moves into the interior, it adds.
“These high temperatures are not out of the ordinary for this time of year, however, please be aware of the health risks associated with hot weather.”
The risks of extreme heat are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
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Families and friends are encouraged to watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
Everyone should drink plenty of water even before they feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
And, of course, never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Osoyoos will get a bit of a reprieve from the heat Friday and Saturday, with daytime highs dropping to 28.
The heat — with daytime highs again topping 35C — returns Sunday is is expected to run through much of the following week.