Heat warning issued for eastern Vancouver Island

Heat warning issued for eastern Vancouver Island
Heat warning issued for eastern Vancouver Island

As a heat wave sweeps across British Columbia, Environment and Climate Change Canada issued its first heat warning on Thursday.

The warning applies to much of eastern Vancouver Island, from Sayward in the north to Malahat in the south.

“A building ridge of high pressure over the region will bring very high temperatures from Friday. Daytime temperatures will be in the low 30s with evening lows of around 16 degrees. Temperatures are expected to fall early next week, but timing is currently uncertain,” ECCC said in the warning.

According to the weather service, people in the area should beware of the effects of heat illnesses, such as “heavy sweating, rash, cramps, fainting, high body temperature and worsening of certain health conditions.”

“Never leave susceptible people, especially children, alone pets in a parked vehicle,” ECCC explained. “If you are in an overheated area, find a cool place such as a shady spot, a water play area, a misting station, or an air-conditioned place such as a public building.”

According to CityNews meteorologist Michael Kuss, the heat will be at its peak this weekend, with daytime temperatures in most of the Lower Mainland topping 30°C.

“With some humidity, it can feel like 95 degrees,” Kuss said. “Even with an afternoon breeze off the ocean, it’s still going to be around 80 degrees, right by the water.

“This is a long, dry period. No rain is forecast for the next 10 days.”

Kuss says people heading out of the Lower Mainland can expect even higher temperatures this week.

“Temperatures in the Okanagan topped 30°C on Thursday and 35°C on Saturday. There are no signs of significant cooling, at least not until the end of next week,” he explained.

“(It will be) dry and warm in Prince George and the Central Interior. The heat will come a little later, but will continue well into next week. Highs will rise to 30°C on Sunday and as high as 35°C early next week.”

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