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First hot stretch of summer coming to Thompson-Okanagan

First hot stretch coming

Madison Erhardt

Environment Canada is warning residents about the first hot stretch of the summer for most regions in B.C.

The warmer-than-average temperatures are expected to begin Friday and last through Tuesday.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise into the low to mid-30's in the Interior.

“We are going to get heat. We can get heat in June, usually, it doesn’t last this many days. That said, I am glad. I think we have needed the change. We have gotten a lot of the rains we typically pray for in June and to have this little bit of a break is important. I am a little worried about people getting out and about for the streams that are going to be running high because there is still snow melt in the high terrain," said metrologist Doug Lundquist.

The River Forecast Centre anticipates the rapid melting of remaining snowpacks.

Forecasters say there is "uncertainty" about the extent that which snowpack runoff will raise water levels over the coming days but caution the public to stay away from fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff say they are monitoring the water levels provided by the River Forecast Centre to help inform the risk to provincial roads and bridges.

"During high flows, the province’s maintenance contractors increase patrols on highways and continue with proactive maintenance such as keeping culverts clear to protect provincial infrastructure. Drivers are reminded to check DriveBC for the latest updates on highway conditions,” the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a statement.

Lundquist is also reminding residents to be cautious when swimming in Okanagan Lake.

“People getting into the cold water, thinking it is warmer than it is because the air is so warm and people have succumbed to hypothermia. Also, we are not used to this heat so let's make sure we get our sunscreen out, our hydration up put our heat smarts into place.”

Lundquist says the heat may end with severe thunderstorms on Tuesday into Wednesday.



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