British Columbia weather: Heat wave expected to continue

British Columbia weather: Heat wave expected to continue

British Columbia is expected to remain warm through early this week after some parts of the province saw record temperatures over the weekend.

More than 40 heat warnings remain in effect across British Columbia Monday morning, with moderate summer temperatures expected later in the week.

“A strong ridge of high pressure over the region has resulted in very high temperatures,” Environment and Climate Change Canada’s weather warning said, adding that a “moderate risk to public health” remains in effect.

While Metro Vancouver is expected to see a drop in temperatures starting Wednesday – with a high of 25 C in the forecast for that day – inland BC won’t get relief from the heat until later in the week. ECCC says temperatures will begin to moderate on Thursday, but will generally remain high for the rest of the week.

In Kamloops, for example, Tuesday is expected to be the hottest day of the week, with a predicted high of 41 C. Temperatures will drop slightly on Wednesday, but the high will still be 38 C.

In Lytton, temperatures could even reach 42 degrees on Tuesday, according to ECCC’s forecast.

The federal weather agency is expected to provide an update on the ongoing “hot weather conditions” in Western Canada on Monday.

Cooling centers opened

As Metro Vancouver continues to experience high temperatures, some cities have opened cooling centres in community centres and libraries. A City of Vancouver information bulletin said misting stations and wading pools are also in operation.

“Make a plan to stay cool,” the Vancouver bulletin said. “If possible, use an air conditioner to cool your home or individual rooms in your home. Take cool baths or showers, wear a wet shirt or place damp towels on your skin, open windows at night and close windows, blinds and curtains during the day. If you can’t stay cool at home, visit shopping malls, community centers or public cooling centers.”

The city also reminded residents to drink plenty of water and to be aware of family members, neighbors and friends who are vulnerable to heat. Those most affected by extreme temperatures include seniors, people who live alone, people with pre-existing health conditions, people who use substances, the homeless and people with limited mobility.

Other municipalities, including Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Coquitlam, have also activated cooling centres in response to the heat wave.

With files from Lisa Steacy of CTV News Vancouver