Catching the last bit of the sun on Chesterman Beach. Photo by Matt Ferguson Photography

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Wednesday morning stating that the first heat of the season will start later this week.

The weather agency warns the south coast will experience a stretch of warmer than average temperatures.

On Friday, inland temperatures will reach into the mid to upper 20s. Through the weekend and into early next week, temperatures will remain in the upper 20s until Tuesday.

There will be some respite from the elevated daytime temperatures as overnight lows fall into the mid-teens.

In addition to that statement, Environment Canada is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that freezing levels will rise throughout this stretch of heat and will lead to an increase in snowmelt and snowpack instability—causing increased stream flows due to run-off are possible.

Although heat is expected, bodies of water still remain cool for this time of year and may pose a risk of hypothermia when exposed to cold water for a prolonged period of time.

Daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach high 20’s on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to return to near-nomal values by the middle of next week as a cooler, unsettled air mass pushes onshore.

By Tuesday temperatures will start to lower as the ridge weakens.

After last year’s unprecedented heat dome, the City of Victoria several new strategies to ensure the safety of the public, including deploying 12 misting stations around the city.

 

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!

 

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