The heat warning was issued Wednesday afternoon by Environment Canada and is in effect for most of the province, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria and Whistler.
The weather agency said “a dangerous and long-lasting heat wave will affect British Columbia” from Friday until Tuesday.
In Metro Vancouver, expect daytime highs of 34 ° C to 38 ° C and nightly lows of 18 ° C to 20 ° C. Due to the humidity, however, it might look like high 30s or low 40s.
“An unusually strong ridge of high pressure will develop over British Columbia, likely resulting in record temperatures,” Environment Canada said.
“The duration of this heat wave is concerning as there is little relief at night with high nighttime temperatures. This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses. “
Residents are reminded to drink plenty of water, even before they feel thirsty, and to stay in a cool place. Plus, be sure to check out older family members, friends, and neighbors. In addition, never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Symptoms of heat sickness include dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, heartbeat, and extreme thirst.