Environment Canada issues heat warning for Metro Vancouver

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      It's going to be another scorching day across the Lower Mainland.

      This morning, Environment Canada issued a heat warning, saying inland areas will experience highs of at least 28° C.

      And that could have health consequences for some.

      "The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors," the alert states. "Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions."

      It also advises people to drink lots of water, even before thirst sets in, and to check on older family member, friends, and neighbours.

      Pets should not be left inside parked vehicles.

      For those who need to get out of the heat, including the homeless, the City of Vancouver has posted a list of places to go with air-conditioned lobbies.

      They are: Britannia, Carnegie, Evelyne Saller, Gathering Place, Hillcrest, Kerrisdale, Mount Pleasant, Ray-Cam, Roundhouse, and West End community centres.

      A list of Vancouver water parks and wading pools is available here.

      It's also possible to escape the heat by visiting any one of the city's 21 library branches.

      "If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 9-1-1 and help them cool off by applying water to their face and neck until emergency services arrive. You can also call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse," the city states on its website.

      More information on heat-related illnesses is available on the HealthLink B.C. website.