Environment Canada has extended a heat warning for parts of eastern and inland Vancouver Island.
The weather agency says in its most recent update that temperatures reaching as high as 30 degrees combined with overnight lows near 16 degrees are now expected to last until Friday.
The heat warning for eastern Vancouver Island covers Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo, and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay. It also includes the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound.
“A ridge of high pressure is bringing a late season heat wave to parts of the South Coast this week. The peak daytime high temperatures are expected from today to Friday, although it will be slightly cooler on Thursday before temperatures rebound again on Friday,” Environment Canada said in a statement on its website.
Temperatures are expected to remain above seasonal, but below heat warning criteria through the long weekend, the agency added.
The weather agency is reminding people to drink plenty of water, stay in a cool place, check on older family and friends and neighbours, and to never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Environment Canada’s initial heat wave warning for those regions had been issued on Aug. 29.