Environment Canada issues special weather statement about heat wave in Metro Vancouver

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      It's been a scorching weekend in communities across the south coast of British Columbia.

      This heat wave is likely to continue through Tuesday (June 22), according to Environment Canada.

      In a special weather statement issued this morning, the national weather forecaster warned that daytime maximum temperatures will remain five to 10 degrees above the seasonal average "away from the immediate coast".

      The statement applies to all areas of Metro Vancouver.

      "The ridge associated with the warm temperatures will shift inland late Tuesday resulting in a slightly cooler period mid-week," Environment Canada said. "The ridge will rebuild from Thursday onward and herald more dry and very warm conditions through the weekend."

      The special weather statement did not link the recent hot spell to climate change.

      According to NASA, the Earth's global average surface temperature in 2020 tied the record, set in 2016, for the warmest year on record.

      "Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, the year’s globally averaged temperature was 1.84 degrees Fahrenheit (1.02 degrees Celsius) warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York," a NASA news release stated earlier this year. "2020 edged out 2016 by a very small amount, within the margin of error of the analysis, making the years effectively tied for the warmest year on record."