‘I don’t thrive in the heat’: Families look to cool down through intense Island heatwave

'I don't thrive in the heat': Families look to cool down through intense Island heatwave
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Families across the capital region are finding ways to stay cool as Vancouver Island experiences its first major heat event of the summer.

Environment Canada issues widespread heat warnings across the province and the Island as a building ridge of high pressure over the region will usher in very high temperatures.

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The local heat warning stretches from Campbell River to the Duncan region as daytime high temperatures will be in the low 30’s with overnight lows near 16°C.

While the Greater Victoria region isn’t currently under the heat warning, families were still looking to beat the heat Saturday.

Justin Dobson brought his two young sons to Thetis Lake to cool down in the water.

“You know this weekend is going to be a warm one,” Dobson said. “You got the boys, you have to burn the energy right? No better place than Thetis Lake.”

Greg McKone told CHEK News, “I don’t thrive in the heat,” but being close to the water can help with that.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to keep getting hotter.

“It looks like it’s going to be progressively getting a bit hotter over the next few days with probably the peak temperatures for our region, especially Victoria, Monday and Tuesday,” Morgen Shull, operational meteorologist, said.

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Island Health said that with increased temperatures comes increased health risks, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Dr. Murray Fyfe, medical health officer, said heat exhaustion and heat stroke start with dehydration.

“The key symptoms and signs are going to be fast heart rate, a lot of perspiration, a person will be pale, they will start to feel unwell and they may start to feel faint,” Fyfe explained.

He said if this happens, it’s important to drink lots of water and cool down your body temperature.

According to the Provincial Health Services Authority, there are a number of ways to cool down.

The BC Centre for Disease Control posted a video on social media outlining several tips including:

  • Sitting in a cool or tepid bath
  • Wear a damp shirt
  • Close the blinds and windows during the day and open them at night for cool air
  • Sleep in the coolest room of your house

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Fyfe said it’s also good to find some shade, go to an air conditioned area or find a body of water.

“Or using a misting station, just getting yourself wet with a hose also helps to cool down,” he added. “But then not just going and laying in the sunshine and heating back up again.”

Fyfe said it’s also very important to check on your friends, family and neighbours who are more vulnerable to the heat.

The most vulnerable populations are described as seniors, people with chronic conditions and young children.

“Check on them repeatedly to make sure they are doing OK, and if there is any question at all they’re getting in trouble, then get them out of the hot house,” Fyfe said.

Environment Canada said the heat is expected to drop a couple of degrees later in the week, but it could return over the weekend.

“The models are hinting at that ridge re-intensifying,” Shull said.

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