With the hottest day of the week upon us, cities across B.C. have the potential to break maximum temperature records.
Environment Canada is warning temperatures could be over 40 C in some areas this Thursday.
“A ridge of high pressure has brought unseasonably hot weather into southern B.C.,” writes Environment Canada.
“Daytime maximum temperatures will climb a couple more degrees today and reach 37 C at many localities with a few spots crossing the 40 C mark. Overnight minimum temperatures will only recover to the upper teens to 20 C mark.”
Meteorologists warn that it will remain hot on Friday as daytime highs remain in the mid to upper 30Cs.
“Significant cooling will occur on Saturday as a cold front moves through the area overnight Friday,” adds Environment Canada.
“Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions. Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.”
Experts also recommend checking in on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water
Also seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, swimming pool, shower or bath, or air-conditioned spot like a public building.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
While today is set to be the hottest day this week, yesterday’s scorching temperatures broke seven records in the province;
Cache Creek Area
- New record: 38.8 C
- Old record: 37.5 C set in 1981
- Records kept since 1912
- Tied record: 39 C
- Old record: 39 C set in 1981
- Records kept since 1881
- New record: 40.6 C
- Old record: 40.4 C set in 1981
- Records kept since 1921
- New record: 31.5 C
- Old record: 30.5 C set in 1987
- Records kept since 1986
- New record: 36.3 C
- Old record: 35.0 C set in 1978
- Records kept since 1918
- New record: 38.7 C
- Old record: 37.0 C set in 1981
- Records kept since 1908
- New record: 33.2 C
- Old record: 32.2 C set in 1960
- Records kept since 1960
DYK: our HEAT alerting criteria varies for the different regions across BC? The criteria is based on the 95th percentiles of maximum temperatures for each region. Mortality statistics from @CDCofBC are also part of the equation. FMI: https://t.co/Ptxa9qsQsq #BCwx pic.twitter.com/F6iIHwehTR
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) August 7, 2018
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