The South Okanagan’s scorching weather may soon be coming to an end.
Environment Canada is predicting cool weather for later this week — with highs in the 20s — and even some cloud and the chance of a shower.
First, though, we’ll have to get through a couple of more hot days with temperatures significant enough that Environment Canada has issued a heat warning.
— The Weather Network
“A prolonged stretch of well above normal temperatures will continue across the southern interior as a ridge of high pressure remains anchored offshore,” the national weather agency reported Monday morning.
“This period of hot weather will persist through Tuesday followed by gradual cooling on Wednesday.
The weather service is predicting a chance of a shower Thursday through Sunday and temperatures in the high-20s for the August long weekend.
Osoyoos has not seen any precipitation since July 10, when it received about 4.5 mm of rain.
That cooling trend is predicted to continue into the second week of August as well.
Over the next couple of days, South Okanagan residents and visitors are reminded to:
- stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water;
- spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day;
- avoid sunburn by staying in the shade and using sunscreen with spf 30 or more;
- never leave people or pets in a parked car.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.