Interior Health is warning East Kootenay residents to do whatever they can to beat the heat this week.
Temperatures are hovering over 30 degrees for the next few days, with rain expected to drop temperatures come Friday.
Medical Health Officer Doctor Sue Pollock says the high temperatures brings with it risk for heat stroke.
“So illness can result when the body gains heat faster than it can cool down and this can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion,” Pollock says. “So often heat related illness will start with the individual having pale, cool and moist skin. They may be sweating very heavily, they may experience muscle cramping, swelling, fatigue and weakness.”
Pollock says people of all ages can be affected by too much heat.
She says children and the elderly are most at risk, along with people who work outdoors on a regular basis.
IH advises residents to seek out cooler environments, drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids, rest or take a cool shower and bath to help deal with the symptoms of mild heat exhaustion.
– Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer, Doctor Sue Pollock