No end in sight for heat wave across Vancouver Island

No end in sight for heat wave across Vancouver Island

WATCH: A strong ridge of high pressure remains anchored over coastal BC.

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On Vancouver Island, a heat warning remains in effect for Greater Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands, inland Vancouver Island and east Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River, Duncan to Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

Daytime highs are expected to reach 29 degrees in coastal communities, and up to 35 degrees inland.

Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding people to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:

– Stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water.
– Spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day.
– Avoid sunburn by staying in the shade and using sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
– Never leave people or pets in a parked car.

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Veronica Cooper has your long-range forecast.

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