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Heat Warning for Nicola Valley

By July 25, 2022No Comments

The Province of BC and the Government of Canada have issued a Heat Warning impacting the Nicola Valley, effective Tuesday July 26 to Saturday July 30, 2022.

 

THREAT: Daytime high temperatures 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. Early morning low temperatures 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.

WHEN: Tuesday to Saturday.

  • The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening.
  • The coolest time of the day will be near the sunrise.

Extreme Heat Affects Everyone

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

During the Heat Event

In homes without air conditioning, heat builds indoors over the course of a few days. It may stay hotter inside than outside overnight. Without air conditioning, the longer the heat lasts, the more dangerous it becomes.

Take the following steps to keep yourself and members of your household safe.

Stay Cool Inside

  • If you have air conditioning, turn it on. It does not need to be going full strength to help you stay safe
  • If you have air conditioning, and friends and family do not, bring them to your home
  • If you do not have air conditioning, move to your pre-identified alternate location with air conditioning or cooler spaces
  • Sleep in the coolest room of your residence. If it’s cooler outside, sleep outside when feasible
  • Sleep with a wet sheet or in a wet shirt
  • Take cool baths or showers to draw heat from your body
  • Drink plenty of water, regardless of whether you feel thirsty. Be aware that sugary or alcoholic drinks cause dehydration
  • If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendation
  • If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

Stay Cool Outside

  • Lower your activity level
  • If you must do errands, do them early or late in the day
  • Never leave children or pets in a parked car
  • Avoid direct sun by staying in the shade and wearing a hat and protective clothing
  • Use sunscreen and UV-protective eyewear
  • Seek cooler, breezier areas when outdoors, such as large parks near to trees and water
  • If you work in a hot environment, discuss and act on ways to decrease heat exposure with your employer and coworkers.

Pets

Make sure you have lots of fresh water for your pets and that they are in cool locations. Stay in shady areas and avoid asphalt and pavement; those surfaces can burn paws.

Getting Too Hot

Overheating can be harmful to your health and potentially deadly. If you’re experiencing symptoms, such as rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine, take immediate steps to cool down and seek emergency care.

  • Get medical attention or call 911
  • Submerge yourself or the person you’re helping in cool water
  • Remove clothes and apply wet cloths
  • Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 911 or your local emergency number if you are caring for someone who displays symptoms, then take immediate action to cool them down while waiting for help to arrive.

Get More Information

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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Cooling Center

A temporary cooling center will be established in room #4 at the Merritt Civic Center at 1950 Mammet Ave, starting tomorrow Tuesday July 26th. This room will be accessible from the exterior doors and there will be signage pointing to the entrance.

The Center will be open from 10am to 4:45pm Tuesday to Friday. If there is a need for the center to be open on the weekend then a plan will be made to staff it and open it on those days.

Attendees to the cooling center can expect to find an airconditioned room, seating, cold bottled water, wifi, and reading material. There will be power outlets for charging electronic devices.

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