British Columbia

Many parts of B.C. seeing hottest weather of the summer so far, says Environment Canada

If you thought this week was hot, get ready for Monday.

Daytime highs are set to soar past 30 C in Metro Vancouver on Monday

Environment Canada says a ridge of high pressure this weekend will produce the highest temperatures so far this summer in the Lower Mainland. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements and heat warnings for several part of British Columbia including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the southern part of the province.

The agency says the hot weather is the "first heat of the season."

A ridge of high pressure this weekend will produce the highest temperatures so far this summer in the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky and Vancouver Island.

Daytime highs in the region were expected to reach the low 30s on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures will start to dip on Tuesday as the ridge weakens, bringing in cooler marine air.

The Okanagan region will see daytime highs in the mid to upper 30s, with the hot air persisting until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Environment Canada issued heat warnings for the region along with the Okanagan Valley, Shuswap, West Kootenay, Boundary, Fraser Canyon, North and South Thompson, 100 Mile and the Cariboo.

The agency says overnight minimums will only dip into the mid-teens, which will provide little relief from the heat and can cause an increase in heat-related illnesses.

Environment Canada is advising people to follow these measures during the heat:

  • Stay cool and hydrated, especially during the hottest period of the day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing, and stay protected from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Keep your home cool by opening windows, closing shades or blinds, using an air conditioner and preparing meals that don't require an oven.
  • Don't leave children or pets alone in a parked car.