Hot weekend in store

The Environment Canada weather office says long weekend temperatures in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will reach 27 degrees through to Sunday, but the humidex will make it feel much hotter than that.

Forecasters are calling for sunny weather Friday, with a high of 27 C and humidex up to 33 C. The UV index is forecast at 8, or very high.

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The humidex will make the weather feel more like 34 C on Saturday under mainly cloudy skies. There is a slight chance of showers and risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon. The UV index is 6, or high.

Sunday will be a mix of sun and clouds, with a high of 27. No humidex is listed.

Overnight lows over the weekend will hover around 15 C and daytime temps should return to more seasonal averages around 22 C by Monday.

No heat warning has been issued for the B.C. Peace, but Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Alberta Peace, include the county of Grande Prairie.

Residents of and visitors to the warned regions are advised to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours:

- Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
- Take frequent breaks from the heat, spending time in cooled indoor spaces where possible.
- Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
- Check for your children or pets before you exit your vehicle. Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time.

Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness.

Pay particular attention to individuals that can experience earlier or more severe effects from heat including infants, children, seniors, and individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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