Many areas in B.C. are under a heat warning, storm watch or air quality statement. (Screenshot / Environment Canada)

Many areas in B.C. are under a heat warning, storm watch or air quality statement. (Screenshot / Environment Canada)

North Thompson Valley under severe thunderstorm watch

The area is also under a heat warning with an air quality statement.

The North Thompson is under a severe thunderstorm watch, a notice released Monday morning (July 5) from Environment Canada states.

Conditions in the valley are favourable for dangerous thunderstorms, and hot and dry conditions may lead to lightning for some areas.

This is in addition to an air quality statement also released by Environment Canada early Monday morning, as numerous fires have been ignited over the couple days throughout the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Centres, due to high temperatures.

“Several regions of B.C. are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours,” the air quality statement reads. “Smoke concentrations will continue to build in several regions of the province.”

It’s recommended those exposed to wildfire smoke should take extra precautions to reduce the exposure as the mixture of particles and gasses can be harmful to your health.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and for current and forecast AQHI values.

A heat warning is still in effect for the North Thompson Valley. Environment Canada notes the heat wave will continue, with daytime highs near 29 C, with overnight lows near 14 C.

The heat wave is expected today (Monday) and tonight.

Environment Canada recommends to drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place, never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle and watch for symptoms of heat illness, including dizziness, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination.

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