‘Late season heat wave’: Environment Canada issues weather warnings for parts of Vancouver Island

'Late season heat wave': Environment Canada issues weather warnings for parts of Vancouver Island

With more days of 30+ degree weather on the horizon, Environment Canada has issued a new round of heat warnings for Vancouver Island.

Warnings of a “late season heat wave” have been issued for Port Alberni and surrounding inland areas, as well as east Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

On the east coast of the Island, temperatures will reach highs of near or above 30 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, and the region will see overnight lows near 16 degrees both days, according to Environment Canada.

It’ll get even hotter in the Port Alberni area, with highs reaching nearly 33 degrees Tuesday to Thursday.

Environment Canada says the late August heat will come from a ridge of high pressure over B.C.’s South Coast this week.

Peak temperatures are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, but some regions may “hang onto the heat” through the week, remaining above seasonal but below the threshold for a heat warning over the long weekend. The hottest temperatures will occur late afternoon to early evening.

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Warnings have also been issued for the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound.

While Greater Victoria will see temperatures up to 26 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, and remain sunny and dry throughout the week, no heat warning has been issued for the region.

Environment Canada told CHEK News earlier this month that this year has been above average in terms of days above 30 degrees.

“Normally, say Victoria International Airport, on average has two days above 30 degrees over the year,” meteorologist Bobby Sekhon told CHEK News. “This year we’ve already had four.”

The airport has also only seen one millimetre of rain this month, while it usually receives an average of 24 millimetres.

The weather agency is reminding residents to drink plenty of water, check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbours and seek a cool place such as tree-shaded areas, a swimming pool or an air-conditioned spot like a public building.

Symptoms of heat sickness include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, exhaustion, heat stroke and worsening of some health conditions.

This is the third heat wave to occur on the Island this August.


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