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Hot weather hangs on across BC

Staff writers
August 17, 2012 — A special weather statement remains in place as temperatures continue to soar across parts of BC this weekend.

PNE forecast this weekend
PNE forecast this weekend

Things have heated up along the south coast of British Columbia, with temperatures soaring to near 30°C this week.

On Thursday, the city of Vancouver hit a high of 27.6 degrees.

"It wasn't record breaking, but it was the hottest day of the year so far for the city," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

A ridge of high pressure that developed over the province earlier this week is what's keep conditions hot and humid. That's great news for those hoping to attend the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), which opens this weekend.

Still, health officials say it is important to stay aware when coping with the heat.

"30 degrees does not seem that hot, but it is really because people on the coast are not used to that temperature any more," says Dr. Meena Dawar, Medical Health Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health. "So, we're acclimatized to a lower temperature, and we don't have air conditioning around us."

Dr. Dawar offers these tips to prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of fluids, preferably non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Keep cool. Wear loose, light comfortable clothing, wear a hat and put on lots of sunscreeen. You can also visit an air conditioned facility such as a library or mall or a shopping centre. Going to a beach is also one of the best things you can do in hot weather.
  • Check in on others. There are vulnerable individuals who are at risk of heat related illness.

Forest fire risk could go up
Forest fire risk could go up

In addition to concerns of heat stroke and heat exhaustion with this warm spell, the BC Forest Service is warning about the fire danger as well.

With hot, dry weather forecast, the Forest Service says the danger rating could rise to extreme in parts of the southern Interior, the central coast and the extreme northern region of B.C., and high in the rest of the province. 

People are reminded to be especially careful setting and extinguishing campfires over the next few days. In fact, in many parts of BC, campfire bans are in effect for the weekend. Almost all of the southern Interior, including the Okanagan Valley, have bans in place. 

For a closer look at the local weather forecast throughout the province, check our British Columbia Cities Index.

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