June 18, 2018 10:32 am
Updated: June 19, 2018 8:45 am

Heat warning in effect for B.C. as temperatures break records

The situation is heating up in B.C. and Ontario this weekend. Environment Canada has issued special weather statements warning of extreme temperatures in both provinces. Paul Haysom reports.

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The heat wave that rolled in across B.C. over the weekend is set to continue for the next few days.

Environment Canada has now issued a heat warning for many parts of B.C.

High temperatures will reach the low 30s today and Tuesday, which is approximately 12 to 14 degrees above the average for the middle of June. Low temperatures will hover around 16 degrees Monday and Tuesday night as well.

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Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga says a “massive high-pressure ridge” that settled over the province brought sizzling temperatures to many areas.

Four record temperatures were broken on Sunday, including in Port Alberni, which hit 32.5 C and Lillooet, which hit 34 C.

Madryga says Lillooet was also the hottest place in B.C. on Sunday.

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More of this heat will stick around until at least Wednesday.

Madryga says clouds will begin to form over the mountains starting Tuesday afternoon with a chance of thunderstorms in the Interior by Wednesday.

In Metro Vancouver, afternoon temperatures will cool by several degrees starting Thursday.

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The BC Centre for Disease Control provides these tips to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Never leave children alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52 C (125 F) within 20 minutes inside a vehicle when the outside temperature is 34 C (93 F). Leaving the car windows slightly open will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Drink extra water even before you feel thirsty and if you are active on a hot day. Ask your health care provider about how much water you should drink on hot days if you are on water pills or limiting your fluid intake.
  • Keep cool. Stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings or take a cool bath or shower. At temperatures above 30 C (86 F), fans alone may not be able to prevent heat-related illness. Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays but not from the heat.
  • Plan your outdoor activity before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when the sun’s Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the weakest.
  • Avoid tiring work or exercise in hot, humid environments. If you must work or exercise, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Rest breaks are important and should be taken in the shade.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on exposed skin and an SPF 30 lip balm.
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
  • Regularly check older adults, children and others for signs of heat-related illness and make sure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Check on those who are unable to leave their homes, and people with emotional or mental health concerns whose judgment may be impaired.

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