Stay cool: Greater Victoria and Gulf Islands face extreme heatwave in province

Stay cool: Greater Victoria and Gulf Islands face extreme heatwave in province

Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands are also experiencing a heatwave, as is the rest of the province. A warning was issued for this on Monday (July 8).
Although temperatures in the South Island did not reach record highs over the weekend, they are expected to continue throughout the week, prompting a warning from Environment Canada.

The local warning is in effect through Tuesday evening for Greater Victoria, Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island and Inland Vancouver Island.
Environment Canada has already issued heat warnings for eastern Vancouver Island, where daytime temperatures are expected to drop to just below 30 degrees.

A strong high pressure ridge caused high temperatures, with daytime highs around 30 degrees Celsius outside the water and nighttime lows around 16 degrees Celsius.
Although daytime temperatures are expected to cool from Wednesday onwards, the warm weather will continue with sunny days and highs of around 26C expected through the weekend. Average daily temperatures are in the low 20s for this time of year in Greater Victoria.
The heat wave follows a remarkably average June on Vancouver Island for temperatures and precipitation.
Victoria International Airport in North Saanich saw 98.8 percent of normal precipitation, while Campbell River saw 104.9 percent. Nanaimo was the wettest on the island with a remarkable 143.6 percent of normal precipitation.

It’s a very different story from June last year, when May was also warmer and drier and Greater Victoria received 55 per cent of normal precipitation, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The region saw no record temperatures last weekend: the highest daily temperature records on July 7 and 8 were set in 2010, when temperatures were 31.6 and 33.2 degrees respectively. However, health risks remain.

Environment Canada says the risks associated with heat are increased for seniors and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health problems. Effects of heat illness include heavy sweating, rash, cramps, fainting, high body temperature and worsening of some health conditions.
Call HealthLinkBC at 811 for questions about heat-related illness.
If you are in a hot area, find a cool place, such as a place with shade trees, a water play area, a mist station, or an air-conditioned place such as recreation centers and libraries.
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