Environment Canada has issued a warning of a second heat wave this week throughout most of B.C., including Vancouver Island. The east coast of the island can expect to see temperatures near 30 degrees celsius and nighttime lows in the mid–upper teens, according to Environment Canada.
The extreme heat is expected to last from today (July 28) – July 31.
The province is reminding residents to be wary of the heat, drink plenty of water, stay indoors and cool when possible and to try to avoid the midday sun.
“Extreme heat is dangerous and can have devastating and deadly consequences,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health. “Health authorities and BC Emergency Health Services are preparing to assist people in need during the heat wave. British Columbians must also make any necessary preparations ahead of time and take steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.”
Night will offer little relief from the heat — this will increase the risk of heat-related illness, according to Environment Canada
“It is important to be aware of and follow the health guidelines provided to keep your body cool while temperatures outside rise,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. “This includes limiting physical activity outdoors, finding a cool, air-conditioned place and keeping hydrated and taking extra care to check in with people most at risk, including infants and young children and older people.”
The heat wave can increase wildfire risk and the province is urging people to be cautious. B.C. has seen 1,237 wildfires since April 1, of these, 248 are still burning, according to the province. The majority are on the Kamloops area.