With heat waves, record temperatures, and evacuations and devastation from wildfires in B.C., it's been one incredibly hot summer—and now a third high-temperature warning is being issued for the province, including Metro Vancouver.
This morning (August 10), Environment Canada issued a heat warning for B.C.’s South Coast and Metro Vancouver, including Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, West and North Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta.
Greater Victoria, Howe Sound, Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island, and Inland Vancouver Island are also expected to be affected.
The heat wave, deemed “significant” by Environment Canada, is anticipated to begin tomorrow (August 11) and continuing until Sunday (August 15).
Highs during the day are expected to range from 29 C to 35 C, with “elevated overnight temperatures” of 16 C to 19 C during the night.
With these temperatures increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, anyone concerned about protecting themselves can consult the HealthLinkBC website or call 811.
Heat-related illness symptoms can include pale, cool, moist skin or red, hot, dry skin (during heat stroke); heavy sweating; muscle cramps; rashes; swelling, especially hands and feet; fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting or seizures; headaches; nausea or vomiting; fever, particularly with a temperature of 40 C (104 F) or more; confusion, decreased mental alertness, or hallucinations; unconsciousness or coma.
Neither people nor pets should be left alone in parked vehicles.
As of July 30, the B.C. Coroners Service stated that during the last heat wave from June 20 to July 29, 569 people died due to extreme heat. The majority were 60 to 89 years of age, with most living in Fraser Health (279 deaths) and Vancouver Coastal Health (136 deaths).
The number of reported deaths during the last heat wave represented a 300 percent increase over the number of deaths reported within the same time period in previous years.
For three consecutive days in June, the village of Lytton set all-time records for the hottest temperatures in Canada (with a 49.6 C peak on June 29) before it was destroyed by a fire on June 30.