Update: As of 4:44 a.m. on Aug. 18 the warning has ended.
A heat warning for the Central Okanagan area was issued by Environment Canada this morning, with temperatures expected to soar up to 40 degrees Celsius in some locations over the next couple days.
A ridge of high pressure has been building over southern B.C. this weekend, Environment Canada said in a weather statement issued this morning.
Today temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper-30s, likely hitting 40 at Lytton. Temperatures are expected to drop two or three degrees below today’s highs on Monday, reaching the mid 30s again on Tuesday.
Monday night will be cooler than tonight and could end this heat wave at some locations.
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.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
People are encouraged to reduce heat risk by scheduling outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle, the agency warns.
For 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; and
• Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.