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Heat to peak Sunday; wildfire risk increases

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 4:30 PM -

Things are about to get even hotter across British Columbia. Temperatures are expected to peak this Sunday across the province.

"The highest temperatures of the current hot spell are expected today and Sunday for coastal B.C.," said Environment Canada (EC) in a special weather statement Saturday morning. "Afternoon maximums will approach or exceed 32 °C inland and away from the cooling influence of the ocean."

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In the Alberni and Pemberton Valleys, temperatures will reach the mid to upper 30's today and Sunday, adds EC. 

The warm weather will continue through Wednesday with afternoon temperatures ranging from the mid 20's to near 30 °C.

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Isolated thunderstorms are also possible Sunday evening as an upper disturbance moves northwards from Washington State. 

"Hot, dry weather can lead to higher fire risk," cautions EC. " 

For further details and fire safety tips, go to bcwildfire.ca.

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