Environment Canada forecasts 'short-lived' heat wave for parts of B.C. this week

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British Columbia residents are being warned about what Environment Canada calls a "short-lived" heat wave with daytime highs over 30 degrees in several regions, from eastern Vancouver Island to the southern Interior.

The weather agency has issued a series of heat warnings, saying a strong ridge of high pressure will set in tomorrow and last until at least Thursday.

It says daytime highs between 29 and 35 degrees inland and 27 degrees near the water are expected for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, the Fraser Valley, the east coast of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

The forecast for the Fraser Canyon, the South Thompson and the Central Okanagan shows residents of communities including Lytton, Lillooet, Kelowna and Penticton can expect daytime highs between 35 and 40 degrees.

The heat warnings also cover inland sections of the north coast, including Terrace and Kitimat, where daytime highs are set to near 30 degrees.

Unsettled weather and potentially cooler temperatures are expected Friday.

Environment Canada says the hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening, and it's urging people to watch for the symptoms of heat illness, such as dizziness, nausea, rapid breathing and extreme thirst.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 16, 2022.

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