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Summer arrives in British Columbia

Summer is making a return after a cool and unsettled June
Summer is making a return after a cool and unsettled June

Staff writers

July 5, 2012 — Meteorologists are predicting a "major change" in weather patterns this month.

Gloomy weather dominated BC weather forecasts in June
Gloomy weather dominated BC weather forecasts in June

Grey skies and rain dominated British Columbia's weather forecasts for the month of June, and the below-seasonal daytime highs - mixed with a lack of sunshine - left some residents wondering when summer would make an appearance.

Now, it appears as though the cool and unsettled weather is coming to an end.

A building ridge of high pressure will usher in an extended period of warm temperatures across the province's south coast and interior regions later this week.

"Right now it looks as though there will be at least a week or two of drier and warmer weather in BC," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Daytime highs may climb to 40 degrees in South Okanagan and Fraser Canyon.

The temperature is expected to peak in the mid-to-high thirties in the southwest interior by early next week.

As the summer temperatures begin to pick-up, people are reminded to be aware of heat-related illnesses, and to take the simple precautions necessary to preventing them. Here are some strategies to stay safe and beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water: do not wait until you are thirsty
  • Take a cool bath or shower. Use public water parks or pools
  • Wear loose, light-weight clothing and a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 15 or more
  • Open windows, close shades, and prepare meals that do not require an oven
  • Visit an air-conditioned building
  • In extreme heat, fans alone are not effective. Apply mist or wet towels before sitting in front of a fan
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise above 50C within 20 minutes inside a vehicle in a heat wave. Leaving the car window open or "cracked" will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.

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