Summer heat wave settles in over parts of southern British Columbia

Mindy Sparks
July 19, 2018

A heat warning issued Sunday for parts of Alberta continued Tuesday - with cooler temperatures and some rain in the forecast.

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The BC Wildfire Service raised the fire danger rating for the Lake Cowichan area to "extreme" on Monday. Temperatures are also expected to hold near 20 degrees overnight.

Cooler temperatures are expected later this week when the humidity dissipates.

People are urged to keep an eye out for swelling, rashes, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of existing health conditions. Specifically, they are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Water fountains and city-run air conditioned facilities. Image City of Richmond
Water fountains and city-run air conditioned facilities. Image City of Richmond

The warning on its website continues, "Some slightly cooler weather is in store beginning mid-week as an on-shore flow develops".

It's also recommending not to leave people or pets inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.

Visit here for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

The Lake Cowichan Fire Department posted about the upgraded danger rating to Facebook and reminded campers to make sure campfires are fully extinguished.

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