Special weather statement issued for Fraser Valley as the first summer heat wave of the season arrives July 27, 2020. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)

First heat of the season to hit the Fraser Valley

Highest temperatures so far this summer expected this week according to special weather statement

The first real heat wave of the summer is hitting the Fraser Valley.

Environment Canada is calling for daytime maximum temperatures in the 30s starting on July 27 with nighttime lows dipping into the high teens.

A special weather statement went into effect at 4 a.m. Monday for Chilliwack, Abbotsford-Mission, Agassiz and Hope to alert folks who may want to take steps to reduce their exposure to the heat.

“A ridge of high pressure over southern B.C. will produce the highest temperatures experienced so far this summer over the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky, and Vancouver Island,” according to the alert from Environment Canada.

Daytime maximums for Monday could see a high of 33 degrees Celsius but temperatures will begin to lower on Tuesday as the ridge weakens, allowing slightly cooler marine air to invade the south coast.

It’s often a little hotter in the Fraser Valley than it is in Vancouver, so here are some tips:

• Stay cool and hydrated, especially during the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. window.

• Limit outdoor activity to early morning and evening.

• Wear loose, light-weight clothing with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

• Open windows, close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.

• Never leave children or pets in a parked car.

READ MORE: Temperatures expected to soar


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