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A wrath of heat is taking over Fort St. John

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That’s why some people are breaking out the lawn chair in celebration of the recent surge, while others are cursing the low precipitation and the effects on their crops.

It’s sort of a love/hate relationship.

“We’re going to get a little break from the heat in the next couple of days, so that will help,” Environment Canada Meteorologist, Alyssa Charbonneau said. “But then going into the weekend, it’ll be back into the really nice overstretch of warm weather.” 

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This consistency of warm weather has resulted in less than 3 millimeters of precipitation, in a month that averages over 75 millimeters, which means rain is once again becoming a local area crop survival necessity.

Charbonneau says a cold front is seen tracking the north, bringing with it a high of 24, a 40 per cent chance of showers and possible thunderstorms.

 Charbonneau warns though, the chance of showers are not likely enough to be widespread and long lasting; instead she’s expecting isolated showers.

Although if a thunderstorm makes its way into the Peace region, a heavier, more localized rainfall becomes a  likely scenario.

 The ‘overstretch of warm weather’ also means you should stay vigilant with your exposure to the sun, applying sunscreen, wearing a hat, and staying hydrated regularly; especially during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 “When you start to get into a prolonged period of hot weather, it’s good to check on people who may be house bound, and sometimes, who may be more sensitive to heat,” Charbonneau explained.  

Meanwhile, the record high for today dates back in 2010, when the airport weather station posted a temperature of 29.9 degrees.

Ironically, the very next year on this date, a rainfall was recorded with a total of 45.4 millimeters.

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