The east coast of Vancouver Island is forecast to be one of B.C.’s hot spots this week, and a heat warning is now in effect.
Environment Canada issued the warning Monday afternoon, Aug. 22, advising that daytime highs near 30 C are expected Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 23-25. The heat warning covers the area from Duncan to Nanaimo, as well as Howe Sound across the strait.
Environment Canada noted that the hot weather expected in the region is due to a ridge of high pressure over the B.C. Interior. Temperatures aren’t expected to cool down until Friday, Aug. 26.
People most at-risk in hot weather are older adults, those with chronic illness, those working or exercising outdoors, pregnant women and young children. Signs of heat illness include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions, Environment Canada advised.
Drinking plenty of water and staying in cool places is recommended.
Island Health shared the heat warning and pointed people to its website for heat safety tips, www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/environment/heat-safety.
The Regional District of Nanaimo advises residents to “activate their personal heat plans” and to stay safe and cool indoors on hot days. Libraries, shopping centres and recreational facilities are some recommended options for beating the heat.