Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most of Vancouver Island this week as record-breaking temperatures are expected.
A heat wave is expected to hit Victoria and most of BC with daytime highs 10 to 15°C above the usual for this time of year.
The unseasonably hot weather is expected to begin Friday, May 12th, and last until Tuesday, May 16th.
The highest temperatures are expected on Sunday and Monday, with temperatures expected to reach 28°C on Sunday, while Saturday will see a high of 25°C.
Although the upcoming heat wave may cause daily temperature records to be broken, it is important to note that it will not come close to the extreme temperatures experienced during the “Heat Dome” in late June 2021.
“While the warmer temperatures will be welcomed by many people who are looking to venture outdoors and explore our beautiful province, it does elevate some of our seasonal risks, such as floods, wildfires and heat,” said Bowinn Ma, BC’s Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.
“I urge people take full advantage of the beautiful weather ahead, but to stay informed about potential risks and take precautions to ensure your safety and well-being.”
With the hot temperatures, residents are encouraged to take precautions such as staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen and staying in shaded areas during peak sun hours.
While the warm weather may be a welcome change for some, it’s important to remember to stay safe and healthy in the heat.
It’s also important to remember to never leave children or pets in hot cars, as temperatures can quickly become dangerous.
As spring approaches and BC leaves its rainy season behind, the province is on the threshold of consistent warmer days that bring risk of wildfires with them.
BC’s interior has already been ravaged by two large wildfires and BC firefighters are helping out Albertans with a blaze in Banff. Light rains in BC’s interior this week came to the aid of forest firefighters but the worst is yet to come.
With the rising temperatures, this also means that BC is not out of the woods yet when it comes to flooding.
According to the province, warming temperatures this weekend from May 12th to 14th are expected to progress the snow melt at higher elevations. This may put pressure on watersheds and increase the risk of wildfire.
Enjoy the beautiful weather, but make sure to also be responsible!