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Environment Canada issues heat warning

Buckle up, we’re in for a scorcher.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning across Coastal BC, from East Vancouver Island, to the Sunshine Coast, to the mainland.

It says a “dangerous long duration heat wave will affect B.C. beginning on Friday and lasting until at least Tuesday.”

Daytime highs will range from 29°C to 37°C combined with overnight lows of 18°C to 20°C

Humidex values during this period will reach the high 30’s to possibly the low 40’s.

The heat is supposed to last until at least Tuesday.

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Environment Canada is expecting record breaking temperatures with little relief at night. 

“This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses,” the warning said.

To protect yourself, you should drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

You should also check on older family, friends and neighbours and sure they are cool and drinking water

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

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