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While much of the scorching hot weather this weekend continued through Monday, cooler temperatures are on the way, according to Environment Canada.

In an updated special weather statement for Greater Victoria, east Vancouver Island and inland Vancouver Island, the weather agency says afternoon temperatures of near 30°C will drop about 10 degrees come Tuesday.

With a high of 27°C forecasted today in Victoria, marine air moving in from the Pacific is anticipated to cool things down mid-week.

Environment Canada predicts Tuesday’s high will hit 20°C, followed by 18°C on Wednesday, as both days see a 70% and 60% chance of showers, respectively.

Ahead of this past weekend’s heat, weather officials said warmer-than-average temperatures expected for BC’s south coast could feel “intensified” compared to the past month’s cooler-than-normal temperatures.

In anticipation, the BC government pointed to its Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide, which shares tips on keeping cool, including taking cold showers and staying hydrated.

As British Columbians braced for the first hot stretch of summer, they also marked one year since a “heat dome” sweltered in unprecedented temperatures across BC.

Temperatures began to soar past 40°C in many parts of the province on June 24th, 2021, leading the BC Coroner’s Service to investigate and find 619 heat-related deaths between June 25th and July 1st.

After last year’s “heat dome,” the City of Victoria introduced several new strategies to ensure public safety, including deploying a dozen misting stations across town accompanied by shade tents and drinking water.

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