Environment Canada has issued a warning on Friday that the first heat of the season will start on Sunday.

The agency says that a ridge of high pressure will build over southern BC this weekend, producing the highest temperatures of the summer so far over the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky and Vancouver Island.

Daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach the low 30’s on Sunday and Monday. By Tuesday temperatures will start to lower as the ridge weakens.

Environment Canada is advising the public to take measures to reduce their exposure to the heat:

  • Stay cool and hydrated, especially during the hottest period of the day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Limit outdoor activities to early morning and evening
  • Dress in loose, light-weight clothing and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Keep homes cool by opening windows, closing shades or blinds, using an air conditioner and prepare meals without the use of an oven
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car

And remember, don’t forget the sunscreen!