Environment Canada has issued a heat wave warning for most areas of the province, including communities in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Heat warning issued for:
- Fraser Canyon - north including Lillooet, B.C.
- Whistler, B.C.
- Howe Sound, B.C.
A heat wave will impact British Columbia from Tuesday to Saturday with daytime high temperatures 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. Early morning low temperatures 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Remarks: A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a heat wave to British Columbia this week. The peak daytime high temperatures are expected from Wednesday to Friday. Then, a slow cooling trend is likely next weekend to early August. The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening. The coolest time of the day will be near the sunrise.
- Okanagan Valley, Similkameen, Fraser Canyon, Nicola, South Thompson, Shuswap, Boundary, Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake.
- Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, East Vancouver Island and Inland Vancouver Island.
Extreme heat affects everyone. The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.
Several cooling stations are available locally:
- Brennan Park (1009 Centennial Way): Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Squamish Public Library (37907 2 Ave): Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday though Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 55 Activity Centre (1201 Village Green Way) Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Totem Hall (1380 Stawamus Rd): Monday to Thursday: 8am-9pm
Resort Municipality of Whistler
- Whistler Public Library (4329 Main St.): Regular operating hours
- Meadow Park Sports Centre (8625 Highway 99): Regular operating hours
- Whistler Community Services Society Board Room (800 Nesters Road): July 26 9am-12pm and July 27 12pm-5pm
Village of Pemberton
While not official cooling centres, the following options are available:
- The Pemberton and District Public Library is open Monday – Friday from 10am until 6pm and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
- The Pemberton and District Community Centre is open Monday 8am until 8pm. Tuesday through Friday 6am until 8pm. Saturday 8am until 5pm and closed Sunday.
- The Pemberton and District Community Centre Spray Park is open daily from 10am to 8pm.
District of Lillooet
- Lillooet Cooling Centre (737 Main St., Lillooet): 10-10pm daily
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
- Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself.
- Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.
Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.
More details on the alert are available on Environment Canada.
The latest status and details on all alerts, including alerts that are not part of your subscription, can be found here: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html