East, Inland Vancouver Island under heat warnings until Tuesday

East, Inland Vancouver Island under heat warnings until Tuesday
On July 6, 2024, people headed to Thetis Lake to try and cool off.

East and Inland Vancouver Island are under heat warnings that are expected to last until Tuesday evening, according to Environment Canada.

The two regions are expected to see temperatures in the low 30s with overnight lows of 16 degrees.

“Daytime high temperatures are expected to moderate starting Wednesday, but warm weather will likely persist,” Environment Canada says in a notice on its website.

“Watch for the effects of heat illness: heavy sweating, rash, cramps, fainting, high body temperature and the worsening of some health conditions.”

Environment Canada says vulnerable people, especially children, or pets should never be left inside a parked vehicle.

The heat warnings also cover much of the lower third of the province, the northeastern part of B.C., and inland sections of the central and norths coasts.

Some regions of the province, including the southern Interior, are bracing for temperatures that may push into the low 40s this week.

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The BC Centre for Disease Control says any heat event can affect people’s health and that the longer the heat lasts the more dangerous it becomes.

During heat events, the centre advises you to take care of others, find cooler spaces, keep your home cool, cool your body, and protect the health of you and your loved ones.

Some ways to keep cool if you don’t have access to air conditioning include wearing a damp shawl or shirt, sitting in a cool or tepid bath, taking a cool shower, using a damp sheet at night, putting an ice tray in front of a fan, and using a personal mister or spray bottle.

The BCCDC notes that fans do not work to lower body temperature when above 35°C.

The BC SPCA is reminding people to not leave pets in cars, as heat inside vehicles can have life-threatening consequences.

“We hear it all the time, ‘I was just running into the store, I was only gone a few minutes!’ but what many people don’t understand is that even a few minutes can have fatal effects for an animal. Not to mention, even the shortest trips can easily turn into a half an hour or more in the store while your pet suffers in the heat,” says Eileen Drever, senior officer for protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA.

In 2024, the SPCA has already responded to 257 calls for animals in hot cars. For all of 2023 the organization received 837 calls.

If someone sees a pet in a hot car, they are asked to take note of the licence plate, vehicle colour, make and model and connect with a nearby business to ask them to page the owner.

If the animal is showing signs of distress, like exaggerated panting or no panting at all, salivating, anxious or staring expression, muscle tremors or lack of coordination, convulsions, vomiting or collapse, you are asked to call the local animal control agency, police or the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722.

Laura BroughamLaura Brougham
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