Environment Canada issues heat warning for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and other parts of B.C.

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      More scorching weather is on the way to parts of B.C. on Wednesday (August 17) and Thursday (August 18).

      In Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, East Vancouver Island, and the Fraser Valley daytime highs will range from 29° C to 35° C inland and 17° C near the water.

      In the Fraser Canyon, including Lillooet and Lytton, daytime highs could reach 35° C to 40° C. The all-time Canadian temperature record was set last year in Lytton at 49.6° C.

      This week's warm blast will be due to a strong ridge of high pressure. Temperatures are expected to moderate by Friday (August 19). A full list of Environment Canada heat alerts is available here.

      Anyone with questions about heat-related illness can call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. Risks are higher for young children, pregnant women, older adults, those with chronic illness, and people working or exercising outdoors.

      There were 16 heat-related deaths in B.C.'s last heat wave from July 26 to August 3, according to the B.C. Coroners Service.

      During the province's worst heat wave from June 25 to July 1, 2021, there were 619 heat-related deaths in B.C.