Environment Canada is cautioning Vancouver Island residents that another significant heat wave will affect the south coast of B.C. beginning today and continue through until Sunday morning.
The weather agency says that a strong ridge of high pressure will develop today and reach maximum strength Thursday and Friday resulting in very hot temperatures.
Experts are anticipating that daytime highs could range from 29 to 35 degrees Celsius in some areas combined with overnight lows of 16 to 19 degrees Celsius, while humidex values during this period will reach the mid to high 30’s.
Areas expected to experience the hot temperatures over the next several days include Greater Victoria, the Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island, Inland Vancouver Island.
“The duration of this heat wave is expected to last at least three days, and little relief is expected at night with elevated overnight temperatures,” reads a special weather statement from Environment Canada.
“These hotter than normal temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.”
The agency is continuing to recommend residents of Vancouver Island drink plenty of water even before they feel thirsty, while also encouraging people to stay in a cool place.
Environment Canada is also advising that people check on older family, friends and neighbours when possible.
Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take extra precautions.