Heat Wave May Break This Weekend
Environment Canada is predicting the temperature will hit 34 blistering degrees by Thursday.
Environment Canada Meteorologist Greg Pearce says the high pressure ridge will likely push all the way north into the Southern Yukon by the end of the week “The ridge is getting stronger, it’s moving north and that’s bringing the warm air up with it up into the Central Interior.”
Pearce says typical temperatures for this time of year in Prince George are in the mid twenties, but by the end of the week should be in the low to mid 30’s.
Record highs for this week, are in the low 30’s so there is a possibility those records could be broken before the week is out. Pearce says it is not unusual to have this kind of hot spell, but it has lasted a little longer “These temperatures will be running about 8 degrees above normal for the week.”
The forecast is calling for a chance of showers on the weekend and temperatures peaking at about 28.
The heat, combined with the smoky skies alert that is place for the region, means a need to take care of your health.
Keep an eye on the humidex readings, as a reading near or at 40 or during extended periods of high temperatures as is this case this week, could see some suffer from heat illness.
Symptoms of heat illness include:
- rapid breathing,
- weakness or fatigue
- nausea and muscle cramps.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should move to a cool environment, rest and drink cool, non alcoholic drinks.
If symptoms get worse, or are severe, visit an emergency room or your family doctor.
Northern Health offers a number of tips to avoid heat illness including:
- Drink lots of water and natural juices, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Avoid strenuous activity during mid-day when the temperature is at its peak.
- Avoid going out in the blazing sun. If you must go out, stay in the shade or wear a hat.
- Apply a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more if you are outside shopping or doing errands. Upgrade to SPF 30 if you be out the whole day in the sun
- Avoid strenuous activity when the temperature is at its peak
- Never leave children or pets in a vehicle.