WATCH: The Vancouver Island heat wave will continue through the weekend as the ridge of high pressure remains anchored over the BC South Coast for a few more days.
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The heat warning alert from Environment and Climate Change Canada, in conjunction with medical health officials, remains in effect due to the persistent high daytime temperatures, warm overnight low temperatures and the extended duration of this warm period.
Environment and Climate Change 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 by staying in the shade and using sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
– Never leave people or pets in a parked car.
Extreme heat affects everyone, but the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
Temperatures are expected to slowly cool next week as the ridge of high pressure gradually breaks down.
Veronica Cooper has your long-range forecast.