Those who work or do a lot of physical activity outdoors may want to take extra precautions this week. It’s heating up in Prince George.
A ridge of high pressure is building in southern BC. Mainly sunny conditions are expected all week, and temperatures may approach seasonal record highs. Temperatures could hit the 30℃ mark by mid-week.
Since it is a persistent ridge of high pressure, temperatures in the high 20s could even last into next week.
“The UV factor is going to be very high this week. So make sure that you have sunblock whenever you are outside,” says Dr. Stephen Dery, a meteorologist and professor at UNBC. “Make sure you have a ball cap on. Protect all of your exposed skin. Certainly within 10 to 15 minutes you will be susceptible to UV radiation. Not to have too much outdoor activities if you are susceptible to heatstroke. Just to be careful about that. Lots of fluids of course, for yourself and for your pets as well. Maybe enjoy a day at the lake.”
While smoke from Cariboo wildfires is currently blowing towards southern parts of the province, Dr. Dery says we may still see more pollutants in the atmosphere due to the heat. “This nice weather will actually be conducive to what we call temperature stratification, or inversions. That will tend to suppress turbulence in the atmosphere and so there may be a build up of pollutants in the atmosphere, so we might expect air quality to degrade over the current week.”