Greater Victoria, inland Vancouver Island and east Vancouver Island are under a special weather statement Friday due to high temperatures that are in the forecast.
According to Environment Canada, a ridge of high pressure will build over southern B.C. this weekend producing the highest temperatures experienced so far this summer over the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky and Vancouver Island.
Daytime maximums are expected to reach the low 30s on Sunday and Monday in some areas.
Temperatures will start to lower on Tuesday as the ridge weakens allowing slightly cooler marine to invade the south coast.
In Victoria, the temperature is expected to reach a high of 27 C on Sunday and Monday. Nanaimo is expected to see a high of 28 C on Sunday followed by 29 C on Monday. And Port Alberni’s forecast shows a high of 32 C on Sunday followed by 34 C on Monday.
The public is advised to take measures to reduce their exposure to the heat:
- Stay cool and hydrated, particularly during the hottest period of the day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening.
- Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by
- wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car.