We’re in for a long spell of extra hot days in Metro Vancouver

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Okay, everybody, stay cool: It’s going to be hot, and it’s going to stay hot.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Metro Vancouver, including the City of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley, Richmond, Delta, West Vancouver, and North Vancouver. So, pretty much all of us are going to keep sweating for the next few days at least.

The weather agency is calling for “a┬áprolonged stretch of well above normal temperatures,” thanks to a ridge of high pressure anchored offshore.┬áTemperatures reaching 29 degrees Celsius are expected, with low 30s seen further inland.

Environment Canada

Right now it’s looking like this trend of hot days and warm nights is going to hang on “into early next week or longer.”

Environment and Climate Change Canada and Medical Health Officers are reminding people to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:

– Stay hydrated by drinking cold beverages, preferably water.
– Spend time in an air-conditioned facility for at least
several hours every day.
– Avoid sunburn by staying in the shade and using sunscreen with spf 30 or more.
– Never leave people or pets in a parked car.

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

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Because of this hot weather, authorities caution everyone to be aware of the signs of heat-related illness for themselves and in those around them, and to seek medical attention if needed.

We can expect packed beaches, lines for ice cream cones, and way more body heat on public transit for the time being. And remember: It’s NOT raining.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where SHE (look no typo!) earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com