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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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“Dangerous” heat looming for B.C. and Alberta

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LETHRBIDGE, AB – We’re not the only ones in store for some extreme heat, our neighbours to the west are about to see some dangerously hot conditions.

Most of British Columbia is under a heat warning with temperatures in the Interior and Okanagan expected to soar into the low 40’s in some places.

That would break records that have stood for decades in that province.

Environment Canada calls the impending conditions “dangerous” and cautions everyone take measures to protect your health while outside.

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The weather office says one big concern is the fact this heat wave is forecast to last for a number of days with very mild overnight lows.

“This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses and increase the risk of wildfires due to drought conditions,” explains a bulletin posted by Environment Canada.

These same very hot conditions will move across the Rockies over the weekend with temperatures forecast to be in the low 30’s across southern Alberta by Sunday and pushing the upper 30’s by early next week.

Lethbridge could see temps around 37°C or 38°C by next Tuesday and Wednesday. That would be hot enough to set new records for June 29th and 30th. The extended forecast is showing temperatures will remain around the 30°C mark or above for a couple of weeks across southern Alberta.

Heat warnings will more than likely be issued here as well in the coming days.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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