Forecasted strong winds prompt weather warning

Environment Canada predicting strong winds on Friday afternoon and evening throughout B.C. Interior.

Forecasted strong winds prompt weather warning

Strong wind gusts of up to 70 km/h are expected to hit southern interior of the province including the Okanagan and the East Kootenay region on Friday night, according to Environment Canada.

Environment Canada issued a special weather warning on Thursday afternoon calling for the strong wind gusts that will accompany a cold front that is forecasted to sweep across the region.

“So we’ve got a strong cold front moving through the province and with that we’re going to have strong winds accompanying that front,” said Lisa Erven, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Gusts of up to 60 km/h are expected ahead of the front on Friday afternoon, while stronger gusts of 70 km/h are expected as it passes overnight.

The stronger winds expected to gust up to 70 km/h or more is forecasted for the Okanagan Lake system, however, Erven says moderate southwesterly winds will be blowing through the Kootenay on Friday afternoon. Northwesterly winds gusting 30-50 km/h are forecasted to blow overnight as the front passes.

The special weather warning statement also encourages boaters to re-visit any open-water recreation plans on Friday afternoon and evening.

Temperatures are expected to hit highs above 30 degrees C over the next week, while Saturday will be a slightly cooler day with a high of 26 degrees, according to a forecast from Environment Canada.