Environment Canada is asking you to take precautions as temperatures remain high on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands Monday.

A heat warning has been issued for Greater Victoria, east Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, with highs forecast to reach near 30 degrees.

Environment Canada says even though high temperatures are not out of the ordinary for this time of year, there are health risks associated with hot weather, particularly for young children and older adults, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and anyone working or exercising outside.

Some effects to watch for include swelling, cramps, rash, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

You are advised to drink plenty of water and stay in a cool place and make sure family and friends are doing the same, and never leave people or pets in a parked car.

Environment Canada says cooler weather is expected in the middle of the week.

A heat warning is also in effect for the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and Metro Vancouver.

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