Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Whistler and Pemberton.
A heat wave will impact British Columbia this week, with daytime high temperatures ranging from 31 to 35 degrees Celsius inland and 25 to 29 degrees Celsius near the water. The heat wave is expected to last from today to Friday or Saturday.
Besides Metro Vancouver, it is also in effect for Greater Victoria, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island and Inland Vancouver Island.
“A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a heat wave to British Columbia this week. The peak daytime high temperatures are expected from Wednesday to Friday. Then, a slow cooling trend is likely next weekend,” says Environment Canada.
The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening. The coolest time of the day will be near sunrise. Extreme heat affects everyone, and the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Watch for the effects of heat illness, which include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions. Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.
To get more information:
Check the local news for health and safety updates.
Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.