Heat warning in effect for most of BC with some areas forecast to reach 40C

Warm weather is set to wrap up across much of BC with the southern interior receiving the hottest temperatures.

“A strong wave of high pressure will bring a heat wave to British Columbia this week,” Environment Canada said Monday.

High daytime temperatures are expected Wednesday through Friday. After that, a slow cooling trend is likely from late next week to early August.”

A National Weather Service heat warning for the Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Shuswap, Boundary, Kootenay and Thompson regions says daytime highs are forecast to range from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius depending on the region. Is. In turn, early morning low temperatures will be in the range of 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.

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Temperatures in Greater Victoria, Howe Sound, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are forecast to rise from 31C to 35C.

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“The hottest part of the day will be late afternoon to early evening. The coolest part of the day will be around sunrise.” Environment Canada said.

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Risks from extreme heat are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people who work or exercise outdoors. Some of the effects of heat illness include swelling, itching, pain, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and worsening of certain health conditions.

Last week, the province’s public safety minister, Mike Farnworth, said a new warning system was ready to go along with new protocols for how heat warnings are issued.

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The protocol specifies the maximum daytime and minimum nighttime temperatures that will trigger a heat bulletin.

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Farnworth said it will issue a heat warning if an area is expected to exceed those limits for two days in a row, while it will issue a heat warning if it is expected to last three or more days. will activate the emergency.

Farnworth said the province is also coordinating with municipalities and funding cooling centers, and arranging transportation to sites for people who need it.

“Getting a fan if you don’t have one, getting portable air conditioning if you can for your home, making sure you know what the weather is like,” said Dr. David McVea. Information about where to follow,” said Dr. David McVea. Public health physician with the BC Center for Disease Control.

Read more: Canada’s homeless population has been hit hardest by the extreme heat.

People are also being urged to visit the province. PreparedBC website For more resources on how to manage extreme heat.

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