A significant heatwave will affect the south coast of B.C. Significant warming will ramp up on Wednesday and continue through until Sunday morning.
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 – southwest including Richmond and Delta
Daytime highs ranging from 29 to 35 degrees celsius combined with overnight lows of 16 to 19 degrees celsius. Humidex values during this period will reach the mid to high 30’s.
Metro Vancouver – Central
Metro Vancouver SW
Metro Vancouver – North Shore
Southern Gulf Islands
East Vancouver Island
Inland Vancouver Island
Thursday to Sunday.
A strong ridge of high pressure will start developing today and reach maximum strength Thursday and Friday resulting in very hot temperatures. The duration of this heatwave is expected to last at least three days, and little relief is expected at night with elevated overnight temperatures. These hotter than normal temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.
– Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
– Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water
– Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
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 illnesses.
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@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.