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At 36.0C Osoyoos was the hottest place in Canada again yesterday. This stretch of warm/dry weather has been nice, but it has come at a bit of a cost...

I don't mean to harp on this like a scolding parent, but the fire risk is currently rated at High or Extreme for most of the province (see map). Close to half of all wildfires are human caused and therefore totally preventable. Please be mindful with open flame and sparks. Report wildfires immediately by calling Toll-Free 1‑800‑663‑5555 or *5555 on your cell phone. There, it's been said, moving on ....

For the most part the southern interior has been enjoying sunny dry conditions, courtesy of an Upper Ridge that has been acting like a "dome of confidence" over the province; suppressing the development of active weather to the south and "deflecting" coastal systems up and over the ridge to the north. This will be the case until this ridge breaks down at the end of the week. Once this happens, the door will open for a system from the Pacific Northwest to track westward into the interior. Although at this point, it doesn't look like it will bring much rain, the transition from our current warm air mass to a cooler one will cause winds to pick up just in time for the weekend. Theses gusty winds will increase and already high fire hazard.

Although the northern portion of the province, north of this ridge, hasn't been as warm or sunny as areas south of the ridge, the rain you've been receiving has kept the wildfire risk in your area Low...Weak systems will continue to be guided over the north this week, creating a situation of sun/cloud, with occasional showers and thundershowers. As with central and southern regions, watch for increased winds as ridge breaks down into the weekend.