British Columbia

Heat warning issued for B.C.'s South Coast

Environment Canada issues heat warnings when the risk of heat-related illnesses like heat stroke or heat exhaustion increases.

Symptoms of heat-related illness include swelling, rash, cramps and fainting

With high temperatures here to stay into early next week, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for B.C.'s South Coast, with high temperatures expected to last into early next week.

The government agency said temperatures near the water will peak in the mid to high 20s, while temperatures inland will soar into the mid-30s. 

Temperatures on the weekend are expected to rise even more, while evening temperatures in the mid to late teens aren't expected to provide much relief. 

The warning affects the following regions:

  • Metro Vancouver. 
  • The Fraser Valley.
  • Whistler.
  • The Sunshine Coast.
  • The Central and North coasts.
  • East and inland Vancouver Island. 

Environment Canada said it issues heat warnings when the risk of heat-related illnesses like heat stroke or heat exhaustion, considered as a medical emergency, increases.

Symptoms include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting and the worsening of some health conditions.

Extreme heat affects everyone, Environment Canada said, but is especially risky for young children, pregnant women, older people, people with chronic illnesses and those who work outdoors. 

Tips for keeping safe from the heat include:

  • Staying hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water.
  • Spending time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day.
  • Avoiding sunburn by staying in the shade and using sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
  • Never leaving people or pets in a parked car.

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