Special weather statement issued for Vancouver's first heat wave of the season

Jul 24 2020, 2:55 pm

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement ahead of Metro Vancouver’s first heat wave of the season.

The statement is in effect for the following areas:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

The weather agency says that “a ridge of high pressure” is expected over southern British Columbia this weekend.

The ridge will produce “the highest temperatures experienced so far this summer over the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky, and Vancouver Island.”

Daytime temperatures are expected to break into the low 30s on Sunday and Monday. The ridge will weaken on Tuesday, bringing lower temperatures as marine air enters the south coast.

Members of the public are advised to say cool, stay hydrated, and to limit outdoor activity during the day.

People should dress for the weather with loose, light-weight clothing and should take measures to keep their homes cool.

And of course, never leave children or pets alone in a parked car.

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