Heat warning issued for East Vancouver Island

Heat warning issued for East Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for East Vancouver Island beginning Friday and lasting through early next week.

The warning comes as temperatures are expected to hit the low 30s for communities along the Island’s East Coast.

In Nanaimo, temperatures are set to hit 32°C on Friday, and hover around 30°C from Saturday through Wednesday.

Temperatures are also expect to hang around the 30°C mark in Courtenay over the weekend into next week.

“A building ridge of high pressure over the region will begin to usher in very high temperatures beginning Friday,” said Environment Canada in its alert Thursday.

“Temperatures for daytime highs will be in the low 30’s with evening lows near 16 degrees. Early next week the temperatures are expected to moderate but the timing is currently uncertain.”

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While a heat warning is in effect for East Vancouver Island, temperatures are expected to soar across the Island.

In Victoria, temperatures are expected to climb to 29°C on Sunday, while the mercury in Port Alberni is set to reach 32°C on Friday, before rising to 33°C on Saturday and 34°C on Sunday.

Environment Canada is encouraging people to monitor for signs of heat-related illness, such as heavy sweating, cramps, fainting, high body temperatures or worsening of some health conditions.

People can also consider visiting an air-conditioned public building like a library or mall, or find a splash pad or misting station.

On Thursday, WorkSafeBC also issued an advisory encouraging workers and employers to take safety measures amid the heatwave.

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