UVic campus to close Monday due to heat wave

UVic campus to close Monday due to heat wave
University of Victoria
Online classes will be cancelled along with on campus.

Extreme weather has prompted the University of Victoria to close temporarily.

UVic announced Sunday it will be closed on Monday due to high temperatures.

A province-wide heat wave has been moving through the area over the last few days, bringing the hottest temperatures in recorded history to Victoria (37 C) and in Canada (46.1 C in Lytton, B.C.) on Sunday.

The university says people won’t be required to work on campus or remotely. The cancellations include online classes.

UVic is reminding staff and students to stay hydrated and cool, eat smaller but more frequent meals, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous physical activity.

The university says the student wellness centre will be available for limited access.

While UVic has opted to close, a number of other schools on Vancouver Island will remain open tomorrow. School districts 62 and 71 are asking parents to keep their kids home tomorrow. Schools will remain open, but busses are cancelled.

“The school district will continue to monitor daytime heat in school settings throughout tomorrow morning and staff may be required to relocate if determining factors regarding temperatures and conditions deem it is no longer safe to remain open,” Comox Valley Schools said in a press release issued Sunday evening.

READ MORE: BC Hydro reports new record for peak hourly demand amid heatwave


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