Extreme heat warnings issued for central B.C. towns including Lillooet, Kitimat, and Terrace

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      Parts of B.C.’s north and central coast are going to be hot today (August 6).

      Environment Canada has issued an extreme-heat warning for sections of the province’s west labelled as “Central Coast - inland sections”, “Fraser Canyon”, and “North Coast - inland sections”.

      Urban centres in these areas include Lillooet, Lytton, Kitimat, and Terrace.

      “A prolonged period of heat which is considered extreme in this region continues with maximum temperatures exceeding 28 degrees Celsius during the day and overnight minimums remaining at or above 13 degrees Celsius,” an Environment Canada website reads.

      The federal agency advises people in affected areas to avoid strenuous outdoor activities or to limit such activities to cooler periods of the day. Residents should also drink lots of water, even if they’re not thirsty. And, as always and for every part of the province, pets and people should never be left in parked vehicles.

      “Temperatures will begin to fall slightly starting Wednesday [August 8],” the release adds.

      Another Environment Canada bulletin issued today warns about the quality of air in the South Okanagan.

      Residents of Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Keremeos, Oliver, and Osoyoos could be impacted by wildfire smoke over the two days, it warns.

      "People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure," and Environment Canada website reads.

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