Whether it’s cause for celebration or concern, Vancouverites can look forward to an extended warm spell that’s taking over the province.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver, including the following areas:
- City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
- North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
The statement gives warning to an “extended stretch of warm weather” that’s about to hit coastal BC as a “summertime ridge of high pressure is forecast to anchor offshore.”
Temperatures are expected to reach high-twenties closer to water and low to mid-thirties inland.
Vancouverites can expect temperatures to push even higher by the time the weekend hits.
Environment Canada makes note that forecast temperatures this week are five to 10 degrees higher than average (for late July), but temperature records likely won’t be broken anytime soon.
Regardless of whether the incoming heat is welcomed or despised, medical health officers are reminding locals to take caution against the heat:
- Stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages
- Spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least several hours every day
- Stay in shade or use sunscreen to avoid sunburn
- Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car