Summer is coming. Extreme heat will hit Metro Vancouver with a vengeance this week, making air conditioning your new best friend.
The latest forecast by The Weather Network projects temperatures will soar to a fiery high of 39°C in the inland parts of Metro Vancouver, specifically in the Tri-Cities area, on Thursday. And with other factors like humidity factored in, it will feel like 43°C.
Temperatures will be on the upswing beginning Monday, continuing throughout the week – peaking on Wednesday and Thursday – and into the BC Day long weekend, which is packed with major outdoor public events such as Team Canada’s Honda Celebration of Light fireworks show and the Vancouver Pride Parade.
For areas closer to the moderating effects of sea water like the city of Vancouver, temperatures will be more moderate, reaching 32°C but feeling like 36°C on Thursday.
For those planning on a weekend excursion in the mountains, temperatures will reach 38°C in Whistler, 43°C in Pemberton, and 42°C in Chilliwack.
According to Accuweather, temperatures in the Pacific Northwest will be 8°C to 15°C higher than normal as a result of desert heat pushing northwards into BC to fill in a vacuum created by a ridge in the upper-level winds.
Temperature records will likely be shattered across the province, which is already experiencing an extraordinary wildfire situation that could be prolonged and worsened by the coming weather conditions.
Those who are not used to the heat should consider rescheduling outdoor activities during cooler hours of the day, take frequent breaks from the heat, and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages to remain hydrated. As well, do not leave any person or pet for any length of time in a vehicle.