Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement as temperatures are expected to reach mid to upper 30’s through midweek over communities in the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound – Whistler and inland Vancouver Island.

Temperatures will be several degrees lower near the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca.

In a statement issued this evening, the federal weather agency says a “massive” ridge of high pressure will build over the southern portion of the province through Thursday, which will create several days of hot weather conditions.

It adds that daily temperatures records will likely be broken.

“Daily temperatures records from Tuesday to Thursday will probably be broken in many communities,” reads the statement. “And the all time records for the month of August may be threatened, too.”

During prolonged periods of hot weather, heat-related illnesses are more likely. Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness, especially for young children, pregnant women, the elderly, those working or exercising in the heat, persons with chronic illnesses, people living alone in un-air-conditioned homes, and the homeless.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Additionally, do not leave any person or pet for any length of time in a vehicle.

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