Heat warnings remain in effect for Island, B.C.

Heat warnings remain in effect for Island, B.C.

Though the end is in sight, the heat warnings remain in effect for most of Vancouver Island and parts of B.C.

Daytime highs with temperatures in the low 30s are expected to continue through Tuesday, though the heat is expected to ease slightly on Wednesday, according to Environment Canada.

With the high temperatures, the risk of heat-related illnesses remains, so people are asked to take precautions and check on those vulnerable to the high temperatures including seniors and children.

Heat-related illness symptoms include heavy sweating, rash, cramps, fainting, high body temperature and worsening health conditions.

While the heat warnings remain, people, especially children, and pets should not be left in parked vehicles during the high temperatures.

Anyone outside is advised to find a cool place, like shaded areas, splash pads, misting stations or an air-conditioned spot.

BC Emergency Health Services says paramedics were called to 21 heat related calls on Tuesday.

Temperature records broken

With the continued high temperatures, there are a number of daytime temperature records that were broken on Monday, including in Campbell River and the Malahat.

Campbell River’s high temperature for July 8 was previously 33.0 set in 2015. This year the city reached a high of 33.4.

The Malahat’s previous high was recorded in 2010 at 30.4, and it reached 32.3 yesterday.

Lytton saw the highest temperature record broken, reaching a high of 42.4, up from 39.4 set in 1952.

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Fire danger remains moderate to extreme

While there are some parts of Vancouver Island that maintain a moderate fire danger rating, most of the Island is rated at high, with some pockets of extreme.

An extreme fire danger rating means the forest fuels are extremely dry and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily and spread rapidly. This is the highest rating in B.C.

High means forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires can easily start and challenge fire suppression efforts.

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