Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is predicting temperature increases in most parts of BC that may increase the risk of heat-related illness.
While ECCC has not yet issued a “Heat Warning" (issued when temperatures reach 30 Celsius or greater), a ridge of high pressure is building over BC this week with hot weather expected to peak by Sunday and lasting into the middle of next week.
The areas most likely to reach a Heat Warning are:
Daytime highs may reach the mid to high 30s in the Southwestern Interior, with high 20s or low 30s along parts of the Coast and Central Interior.
With elevated temperatures, the risk of heat-related illness increases.
The BC Centre for Disease Control provides a broad range of heat-related guidance on its website, including information on the different types of heat alerts, how to prepare for hot temperatures, symptoms of heat-related illnesses, those most at risk during hot weather and ways to stay cool.
Shareable Heat Resources
Preparing for and responding to hot weather:
If you have air conditioning at home, make sure it is in good working order.
If you do not have air conditioning at home:
Who is most at risk?
It is important to monitor yourself, family members, neighbours and friends during hot weather. Consider developing a check-in system for those who are at high risk of heat-related illness.
The most susceptible individuals include:
In the event of a medical emergency, call 911. However, it is important to use 911 responsibly to avoid overwhelming the system.
When to call 911:
If you have a less urgent health issue:
There are also online tools at healthlinkbc.ca, including a “Check Your Symptoms" tool.