If you were feeling extra hot and sweaty last night, it's not just you. Major parts of BC are currently enveloped in an intense heatwave. Warnings were just released cautioning British Columbians to be safe and cautious in the following days while out and about in the hot hot sun.
We're officially in a heatwave in BC. Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan and many other areas of BC are experiencing an intense heatwave. Environment Canada just released heat warnings all across Southern BC.
Most of the areas that are affected are the Southern region of BC.
Heat warnings have been issued for the following areas:
- East Vancouver Island
- Fraser Canyon
- Fraser Valley
- Greater Victoria
- Howe Sound
- Metro Vancouver
- North Thompson
- Okanagan Valley
- South Thompson
- Southern Gulf Islands
- Sunshine Coast
Temperatures during the day will reach the low 30s in the inland areas on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures during the night will reach the low 10s, which will provide some relief from the hot days.
The heatwave is expected to cool down mid-week. Slightly cooler temperatures are expected during the middle of the week as an onshore flow develops. Environment Canada is warning that the extreme heat is especially dangerous for young children, pregnant women, older adults and people with chronic illnesses.
It's also important to be aware of the risks of the extreme heat if you are working or exercising outdoors. Environment Canada warns that swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all effects of heat illness.
Another reminder is to never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle during extreme heat conditions. This can be extremely dangerous and deadly in some cases.
Make sure to check on your friends, family, children and the elderly regularly during these extreme heat conditions. Environment Canada recommends keeping cool whenever possible and drinking lots of water.
Due to the extreme heat, forest fires have been developing across the province, especially in Kamloops. 14 new wildfires were sparked in BC last week. An especially destructive fire near Kamloops has forced homeowners to evaculate their homes and the surrounding areas.
Source: Environment Canada