Temperatures are expected to hit the 30's by Thursday. File photo ItkasanImages/ Victoria Buzz

Just before lunch on Tuesday August 16, 206, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for inland Vancouver Island.

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Following a near-normal start to summer, temperatures across the South Coast of B.C. will climb into the low thirties over the next few days.

A large ridge of high pressure will continue to build along the coast allowing warm air from the western US to move northwards.

The hottest day will be Thursday as the ridge reaches its peak strength with afternoon highs above 32 degrees in many inland locations. Temperatures along the water will be closer to 25 degrees.

The circulation will gradually shift onshore beginning Friday allowing temperatures to subside by a few degrees. The higher than normal temperatures are expected to last into the middle of next week.

Coping with the heat:

There are many symptoms of heat-related illness including thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting/collapsing. Medical Health Officers are reminding residents to protect themselves from the heat.

1. Stay cool
2. Drink plenty of water
3. Check in on others
4. Never leave children or pets in a parked car

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

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