Heat wave expected to hit Fraser Valley

With temperatures predicted to reach above 30 C, the public is being warned

  • Aug. 17, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Environment Canada is warning Fraser Valley residents about a heat wave expected to hit this week.

Temperatures are expected to hit the low thirties, with Thursday expected to be the hottest.

Inland areas will be the warmest, reaching 32 C or higher and areas close to water will be cooler, around 25 C.

While the weather is predicted to cool down by a couple degrees on Friday and through the weekend, above-average temperatures are expected to carry into next week.

Environment Canada advised the public to be aware of the health risks of staying out in the sun.

“There are many symptoms of heat-related illness, including thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting/collapsing,” a statement reads. “Medical health officers are reminding residents to protect themselves from the heat.”

The statement also suggests you spend time in an air-conditioned place, stay in the shade and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to avoid sunburn.

It is also advised to drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages.

“Don’t wait until you are thirsty,” the statement says.

Checking in on people who live alone and are at high risk of severe heat-related illness (the elderly, people with mental illness and anyone unable to leave an non air-conditioned home).

The statement warns against leaving children and pets in parked cars: “Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels within minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperatures are elevated. Leaving the car windows slightly open or ‘cracked’ will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.”

 

Just Posted

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

Input sought for road works for Maple Ridge

Consultation on Haney Bypass upgrades

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Sexsmith set to suit up for Giants

Vancouver signs ninth overall pick in 2017 WHL bantam draft

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

White Rock plans to effectively ban legal pot dispensaries

Opponent says the plan is inspired by ‘a real right-wing mentality’

Most Read