A heat warning has been issued by Environment Canada as the mercury in Kamloops is expected to spike to a high of 38 C on Monday, July 27 — with the temperature remaining in the mid- and upper-30s for the rest of the week.
Overnight lows during that stretch will only dip into the upper-teens and possibly nudge the 20 C mark, which Environment Canada said can lead to an increase in heat-related illnesses.
The heat warning applies to Kamloops and the South Thompson region.
Following Monday’s blistering forecast high, some cloud is expected to move in on Tuesday afternoon which will help to cool temperatures slightly, with the high pegged 35 C.
But Environment Canada said skies will clear quickly on Tuesday night and temperatures will climb again on Wednesday (high of 36 C) and Thursday (high of 38 C) before falling to 33 C on Friday and 28 C on Saturday. The hat warning notes risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. The advice is to drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place. Schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day and never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Dress for the weather by wearing loose, lightweight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
For more information
• Check kamloopsthisweek.com for health and safety updates.
ª Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
• Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.
Perusing the record book
Here are the record highs in Kamloops for this week:
• July 27: 41.7 C (1939 — hottest day ever recorded in Kamloops, a mark that was also reached on July 16, 1941)
• July 28: 40 C (1934)
• July 29: 38.3 C (1971)
• July 30: 40 (1971)
• July 31: 41.1 C (1971)