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Environment Canada has issued a special statement warning of a “dangerous long-duration heat wave” that will affect BC beginning on Friday and lasting until at least Tuesday.

According to the weather agency, an exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure will develop over British Columbia likely resulting in record-breaking temperatures.

Daytime highs will range from 29 to 37 degrees celsius combined with overnight lows of 18 to 20 degrees celsius. Humidex values during this period will reach the high 30’s to possibly the low 40’s.

The following areas on Vancouver Island will be affected by the heatwave warning:

  • Greater Victoria,
  • East Vancouver Island
  • Inland Vancouver Island
  • Southern Gulf Islands

“The duration of this heatwave is concerning as there is little relief at night with elevated overnight temperatures. This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses,” warns the weather statement.

Environment Canada released the following list of tips to beat the heat:

  • 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.
  • Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.
  • Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

What will you be doing to stay cool during these crazy temperatures?


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