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With temperatures expected to reach as high as 35°C this week, a heat warning has been issued for parts of eastern Vancouver Island.

A heat warning is in effect for Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

According to Environment Canada, daytime highs will be 29 to 35°C inland and roughly 27°C degrees near the water Wednesday and Thursday, with an early morning low as high as 18 degrees.

The strong ridge of high pressure will bring a short lived heat wave and temperatures are expected to moderate on Friday.

The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening.

While warnings have not been issued for Greater Victoria, the forecast will see a return to hot weather with temperatures reaching reaching 27°C before dropping to 20 on Friday.

The last heatwave in late July claimed the lives of 16 people in BC, including one on Vancouver Island.

During the warning, daytime high temperatures were 33° to 37° inland, 21° to 25° by the water and around 15° to 16° in the early morning hours.

The number of heat-related deaths were reported between July 26th and August 3rd.

To help the public get through the heat, municipalities set up cooling stations to help residents keep comfortable.

So remember to stay cool while enjoying the heat!

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