Fever-like heat returning to South Okanagan

Here we go again — out of the frying pan and into the cooker!

Temperatures are expected to flirt with 40C today, then climb to 41C Thursday and Friday as the dog days of summer chew on the South Okanagan through the middle of August.

For our American friends, 40C is the equivalent of 104 Fahrenheit — a nice bit of fever by anyone’s scale.

Even worse, overnight minimum temperatures will only recover to the upper teens to 20 degrees for the next several nights.

We expect you already know them by heart, but let’s roll out the rules once again, just in case you weren’t paying attention:

  • 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.
  • Seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, swimming pool, shower or bath, or air-conditioned spot like a public building.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

The extreme temperatures also mean increased risk of wildfire. Please remember a fire ban is in place throughout the South Okanagan. That means no open fires, including campfires.

By the way, relief is in sight. Temperatures should drop off to the high-20s and low-30s this weekend.

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