A BC school district closing all its schools on Monday due to "concerning" heat

Jun 26 2021, 4:47 pm

It’s going to be so hot in British Columbia on Monday that a school district is closing all of its classrooms.

Angus Wilson, the superintendent of Mission Public Schools, said the district had been monitoring the “concerning” temperatures in the forecast for next week.

A “dangerous” heat wave has descended on much of British Columbia, with temperatures expected to exceed 40°C in Vancouver on June 28.

Based on the forecast, the district will be keeping all of its schools closed on Monday, the second-last day of the school year.

Wilson noted that decision was made, in part, because many of the district’s elementary schools don’t have sufficient air conditioning.

Classrooms are expected to reopen on June 29, he said.

Although staff will still report for work on Monday, they may be required to relocate as well, “depending on local conditions.”

BC’s “long-duration” heat wave is expected to last until at least Tuesday, according to Environment Canada.

The forecast is calling for daytime highs between 29°C and 38°C, and overnight lows of 18°C to 21°C.

The humidity will make it feel several degrees hotter, though, possibly pushing temperatures into the low 40s.

“Please keep safe and cool during this heat wave,” Wilson said.

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