Environment Canada has issued a special hot weather statement for the Lower Mainland, Whistler and parts of Vancouver Island.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the high 20s near the water and the low to mid 30s inland.
A massive ridge of high pressure will develop on Canada Day weekend, bringing hot air from the desert to the coast.
“Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, we are looking at temperatures of 32 degrees inland for the Lower Mainland,” says Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon.
Environment Canada says from Sunday onward, the temperature of stagnant air over the South Coast will rise by several degrees daily.
However, the heat wave is expected to break Wednesday as cool marine air spreads inland.
Environment Canada says if temperatures end up being in the mid-30s for more than one day, an extreme heat wave advisory will be issued.
A special weather statement has also been issued for Southern and Central Interior regions and the Kootenays, where temperatures are expected to peak at 40 degrees in some areas by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Environment Canada is reminding people to limit their time outside during hot weather and advises people to do the following:
- Stay hydrated
- Keep cool
- Check in on others
- Get informed. For more information on heat-related illness, call Healthlink BC at 811