Boaters and swimmers hit the water on the weekend to beat the current heat wave. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Heat warning issued for Vancouver Island

Temperatures expected to cool down later this week

It was a hot one this past weekend and temperatures will continue to rise into the mid-20’s across most of Vancouver Island.

Inland areas will experience daytime highs of at least 28 degrees and overnight lows near 16 degrees, leading Environment Canada to issue a heat warning for some parts of the Island. A heat warning is currently in effect for eastern Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Slightly cooler temperatures are forecasted for the mid-week.

These high temperatures are not out of the ordinary for this time of year, however there are some health risks associated with the hot weather as extreme heat affects everyone.

Risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

The effects of heat illness include:

  • swelling
  • rash
  • cramps
  • fainting
  • heat exhaustion
  • heat stroke
  • worsening of some health conditions

Environment Canada suggests drinking plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

If you do go outside, be sure to apply sunscreen to exposed skin early and often, at least 15-30 minutes before going out. Island Health suggests an SPF 30 or higher, and be sure to reapply it often throughout the day, especially after swimming or heavy perspiration.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle, and learn more about heat-related illnesses at HealthLinkBC or dial 811.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sidney Community Association aims to generate enthusiasm for OCP review

First of several community engagement sessions starts March 1

Coast Capital Savings in Saanich to re-open after COVID-19 scare

The branch closed ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Athletes gear up for Pan Am XC Cup at Bear Mountain Saturday

This is the first time Canada is hosting the championships

Extra precautions against COVID-19 put in place as tourism season arrives

Airports and border services follow federal cues to minimize spread of coronavirus

Nominations for Victoria municipal byelection are in

Victoria will elect one councillor

Toddler killed in Squamish grocery store parking lot

Child’s mother taken to hospital but her condition is not known

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Stories of sexual assault at B.C. tree planting camps ‘shocking but not surprising:’ advocate

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Most Read