It’s time to get your fans out.
The first heat wave of summer is coming to Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands this weekend, according to a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada.
Greater Victoria, east Vancouver Island, inland Vancouver Island, west Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands are all under the special weather statement.
Environment Canada said the major shift in the weather pattern will begin Saturday when the cool weather starts to give way to a strong and persistent ridge of high pressure. By Sunday, temperatures away from the immediate coast are expected to peak into the low 30s.
In Victoria, temperatures are expected to be in the high 20s throughout the weekend and the rest of the week. Nanaimo is expecting slightly higher temperatures, including 30 C on June 18. Other parts of the island may see temperatures in the low 30s on Sunday.
The ridge and high temperatures will push into the Interior by early next week, which will affect most of British Columbia.
The weather agency said hot and sunny conditions will persist until at least the middle of next week, if not longer. The heat wave will also hit other parts of B.C., including Metro Vancouver.