Environment Canada issues weather statements as BC braces for heat

Environment Canada says it will be warmer than average weather starting Friday and lasting through Tuesday.

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Environment Canada has issued special weather reports for most of British Columbia, with temperatures expected to reach below 30 degrees throughout the province this week.

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It says warmer-than-average weather is expected to start Friday and last through Tuesday.

Inland temperatures are expected to reach low to mid-30s, low 30s in the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky and highs of 20s on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

The county’s Department of Public Security said in a statement that no heat warning has been forecast, but residents should be prepared.

It warns people to watch for symptoms such as dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, confusion, headache, rapid breathing and heart rate, extreme thirst, and decreased urination.

The ministry says local authorities and First Nations are ready to activate their heat plans, which include setting up cooling centers, distributing bottled water and conducting welfare checks.

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