Get your tank tops out — it’s about to get sweltering hot in Vancouver this weekend, with temperatures forecast to hit the low 30s.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement in anticipation of the first hot stretch of summer along the south coast.
This heat event will begin on Friday, with inland temperatures reaching the upper 20°C mark.
Through the weekend, all the way into Tuesday, temperatures above 30°C will heat up certain areas during the day, but you can expect cooler nights with temperatures in the mid teens.
The affected areas are:
- 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
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Environment Canada says this could heighten the risk of heat-related illnesses.
Snowmelt will also lead to increased stream flows, and water run-off is possible.
“Although heat is expected, bodies of water still remain cool for this time of year and may pose a risk of hypothermia when exposed to cold water for a prolonged period of time,” the weather agency warned.
After Tuesday, the weather will begin to normalize and cool up again.