WATCH: Calvin To spoke with outdoor workers to see how they’re coping with the heat.
An extended stretch of heat is in store for Vancouver Island.
Greater Victoria, east Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and inland Vancouver Island are all under a heat warning due to a ridge of high pressure anchored offshore. The hot weather is expected to persist into early next week or longer.
“What’s different about this heat event is its duration,” said Environment Canada meterologist Lisa Erven. “With our previous heat events we’ve seen so far this summer, they’ve only lasted about two to three days at a time. Whereas with this current event, we’re expecting the heat to last right through til early next week.”
According to the weather agency, temperatures near the water will peak in the mid to high twenties each day, while inland temperatures soar into low to mid-thirties. Overnight relief will be limited with low temperatures in the mid teens. Forecast temperatures this week are five to 10 degrees above average for late July, but Environment Canada said temperature records probably will not be broken.
While the sunshine and warmth are welcome for most, Environment Canada and medical health officers are reminding people to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:
– Stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water
– Spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day
– Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more
– Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car.