Heat Warning in effect for:
- Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
A heat wave will impact British Columbia this week.
Threat: Daytime high temperatures 31 to 35 degrees Celsius inland and 25 to 29 degrees Celsius near the water. Early morning low temperatures 15 to 17 degrees Celsius.
When: Today to Friday or Saturday.
Locations: Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island and Inland Vancouver Island.
Remarks: A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a heat wave to British Columbia this week. The peak daytime high temperatures are expected from Wednesday to Friday. Then, a slow cooling trend is likely next weekend.
The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening. The coolest time of the day will be near sunrise.
Extreme heat affects everyone.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
To get more information:
– Check the local news for health and safety updates.
– Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
– Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.
Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.