A heat wave expected for Vancouver this week has prompted a special weather statement from Environment Canada.

An extended stretch of very warm weather is in store for coastal BC as a summertime ridge of high pressure is forecast to anchor offshore for the rest of this week.

Maximum temperatures near the water will peak in the mid to high twenties each day, while inland temperatures soar into low to mid thirties. Values may increase slightly by the weekend. The forecast temperatures this week are 5 to 10 degrees above average for late July, but temperature records probably will not be broken.

While the sunshine and warmth are welcome for most, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding people to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:

– Stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water.
– Spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day.
– Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade and use sunscreen with spf 30 or more.
– Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car.

Last modified: July 28, 2018

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