Record breaking heat wave expected in British Columbia, Canada
It’s time to get out the water bottles and sunscreen. A province wide heat wave is expected to break records in the south coast of British Columbia this weekend and Environment Canada is urging people to prepare accordingly.
According to the agency, temperatures in this region are 10 to 11 C above normal and averaging 30 C across the province.
It’s important to remember to wear sunscreen, drink lots of water and never leave children or animals in the car, they say.
The Lower Mainland Medical Health Officers for Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are warning people about heart-related illness. “Children, seniors and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable,” they say. Symptoms include: thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness, fainting and collapsing.
They’re telling people to check-in regularly on the elderly and others at risk and stay cool by staying indoors in air-conditioning, using pools and dressing for the weather in light-weight clothing, hats and sunglasses.
The City of Vancouver has set up temporary drinking water fountains in locations that benefit the elderly, young and homeless, according to officials.
With the hot weather, comes an increased risk of forest fires and authorities are asking people to be extra careful.