Heat wave

A summer of heatwaves saw B.C. residents cranking the AC. (File photo)

B.C. residents using air conditioning more than ever to beat the heat: BC Hydro

After a record-breaking summer, British Columbians now consider air conditioning a necessity.

 

A woman walks her dog as mist rises from a water fountain in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Record-breaking heat wave hits Quebec for the second time in August

Environment Canada issued a new heat warning noting the sweltering conditions can pose health risks for some

 

Residents love to spend time in Rest Haven Lodge’s large sunroom. But many times the room is too hot or too cold to be comfortable. (Photo courtesy Rest Haven Lodge)

Sidney residents raise $60,000 for new sunrooms at Rest Haven Lodge

The two nearly 40-year-old sunrooms were no longer keeping out cold or recent dangerous heat

 

Staff unload donations of bottled water that will be handed out to Chilliwack’s homeless community. Our Place in Victoria is seeking public donations of reusable water bottles to supply the city’s homeless population. (Black Press Media file photo)

Our Place Society seeks donations of reusable water bottles during heat wave

Those experiencing homelessness in downtown Victoria are at special risk in warmer weather

Staff unload donations of bottled water that will be handed out to Chilliwack’s homeless community. Our Place in Victoria is seeking public donations of reusable water bottles to supply the city’s homeless population. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities in Sicamous B.C., Thursday, July 29, 2021. The Health Ministry is urging those in areas where heat and smoky skies warnings have been posted to take steps to keep cool and stay safe as many parts of the province continue to experience poor air quality due to wildfires. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

B.C. officials urge caution as third summer heat wave blankets parts of the province

Ridge of high pressure is expected to reach maximum strength on Thursday and Friday

Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities in Sicamous B.C., Thursday, July 29, 2021. The Health Ministry is urging those in areas where heat and smoky skies warnings have been posted to take steps to keep cool and stay safe as many parts of the province continue to experience poor air quality due to wildfires. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Royal Athletic Park is open to help residents cool down during the latest heat wave. (City of Victoria/Twitter)

Cooling options crop up as promised heat wave arrives in Greater Victoria

Municipalities highlight places, open spaces, to help keep residents cool

Royal Athletic Park is open to help residents cool down during the latest heat wave. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
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Environment Canada warns about heat wave hitting Vancouver Island

Drink plenty of water and check on seniors as temperatures surge this week

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(Luke Rushton photo)

UPDATE: Heat warning issued for southern B.C. coast, temperatures expected to hit 38 C

Another heatwave is expected to hit southern B.C., with temperatures nearing 40 degrees

  • Aug 10, 2021
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FILE- In this Saturday, June 26, 2021 file photo a paramedic with Falck Northwest ambulances treats a man experiencing heat exposure during a heat wave, in Salem, Ore. Consecutive days of temperatures as high as 116 F in Portland, Ore., made a folly of years of planning for more anticipated emergencies such as earthquakes and snowstorms and it was only as the disaster unfolded that authorities got a sense of how devastating it would ultimately be. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard,File)

Northwest heat wave targeted vulnerable, tested climate prep

Crisis was a wake-up call for the normally temperate Pacific Northwest

FILE- In this Saturday, June 26, 2021 file photo a paramedic with Falck Northwest ambulances treats a man experiencing heat exposure during a heat wave, in Salem, Ore. Consecutive days of temperatures as high as 116 F in Portland, Ore., made a folly of years of planning for more anticipated emergencies such as earthquakes and snowstorms and it was only as the disaster unfolded that authorities got a sense of how devastating it would ultimately be. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard,File)
Sahtlam Tree Farm owner Robert Russell is photographed in front of his cabin, which he built in the early 70’s, on his 40 acre property in the Cowichan Valley area of Duncan, B.C., on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The recent heat dome and drought have taken a toll on his business of growing trees for the busy Christmas season. Robert farms over 40,000 fir trees including the douglas, grand and noble fir trees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. Christmas tree growers say intense heat singes prized trees, kills seedlings

An expert says said the heat dome could have immediate and long-term impacts for Christmas tree growers

Sahtlam Tree Farm owner Robert Russell is photographed in front of his cabin, which he built in the early 70’s, on his 40 acre property in the Cowichan Valley area of Duncan, B.C., on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The recent heat dome and drought have taken a toll on his business of growing trees for the busy Christmas season. Robert farms over 40,000 fir trees including the douglas, grand and noble fir trees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A helicopter carrying a bucket flies past a property at Barnes Lake while battling the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Heat warning in effect for B.C. as firefighters battle wildfires in province

There are 60 evacuation orders affecting 3,120 properties, an increase of 62

A helicopter carrying a bucket flies past a property at Barnes Lake while battling the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people keep cool in Sicamous B.C., on Thursday July 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Doctors, lawyers want B.C. to track injuries after record heat wave

‘I saw more heat-related illness than I had ever seen in my career’

Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people keep cool in Sicamous B.C., on Thursday July 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A plume of smoke rise from a forest fire burning northeast of the city in Prince Albert, Sask., Monday, May 17, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)

Western Canada desperately needs rain but it’s not in the forecast: climatologist

300 wildfires were burning across British Columbia Monday, evacuation orders were issued for several regions

A plume of smoke rise from a forest fire burning northeast of the city in Prince Albert, Sask., Monday, May 17, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Kayle Neis)
The East Toe is a outcropping of rock in the Fraser River at the Big Bar Landslide site, northwest of Kamloops that has to be removed to restore fish passage. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Salmon and other sea life affected by recent heat waves, experts say

Surface waters are warmer than they have been historically

The East Toe is a outcropping of rock in the Fraser River at the Big Bar Landslide site, northwest of Kamloops that has to be removed to restore fish passage. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
A University of Toronto study has found the environmental DNA of pathogens harmful to fish are 2.7 times more likely to be detected near active salmon farms versus inactive sites. (Kenny Regan photo)

Salmon and other sea life affected by recent heat waves, experts say

A sweltering heat wave baked much of Western Canada the last week of June

A University of Toronto study has found the environmental DNA of pathogens harmful to fish are 2.7 times more likely to be detected near active salmon farms versus inactive sites. (Kenny Regan photo)
Temperatures soared into the 40s this summer as the province of B.C., Canada baked in a ‘heat dome.’ (Caitlin Clow/Vernon Morning Star)

Extreme heat waves are putting lakes and rivers in hot water this summer

Many people may perceive lakes and rivers to be refuges from unprecedented heat, but freshwater systems are no less sensitive

  • Jul 16, 2021
Temperatures soared into the 40s this summer as the province of B.C., Canada baked in a ‘heat dome.’ (Caitlin Clow/Vernon Morning Star)
Climatologist Faron Anslow of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria called the results of a recent study of the record-breaking heatwave to hit B.C. a wake-up call. (Courtesy of University of Victoria)

Record heatwaves likely to become more frequent in Greater Victoria, climate scientists say

UVic climatologist part of team that found climate change made heatwave 150 times more likely

Climatologist Faron Anslow of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria called the results of a recent study of the record-breaking heatwave to hit B.C. a wake-up call. (Courtesy of University of Victoria)
Sparks Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

‘Heat is just relentless’: Meteorologist warns of hot, dry summer ahead for B.C.

Environment Canada isn’t expecting any significant rain until the second half of August

Sparks Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Climate change made B.C., Alberta heat wave 150 times more likely, study concludes

‘Everybody’s really worried about the implications of this event, nobody saw this coming’

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Extreme heat played a factor in an unprecedented amount of B.C. deaths this week, says chief coroner Lisa Lapointe.(Black Press Media files)

B.C. deaths triple over the past week, to 719, as a result of heat wave

Many of the deaths were among older individuals living alone in private residences

Extreme heat played a factor in an unprecedented amount of B.C. deaths this week, says chief coroner Lisa Lapointe.(Black Press Media files)