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Heat warning stays in place for Vancouver while temperatures begin to return to normal

Remain vigilant of the heat.
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The heat warnings for Vancouver will remain for the time being.

Environment Canada's heat warning for Metro Vancouver, including the City of Vancouver, will continue.

In an alert the federal agency states that while the heat is less intense it will remain "unseasonably warm" and therefore they want to continue to caution people.

"In collaboration with BC Health Authorities, MSC [Meteorological Service of Canada] has decided to continue the Heat Alert until a sufficient period of cooling has been observed," they state. "It is recognized that daytime temperatures may not meet published Heat Alert criteria."

They advise people to continue drinking plenty of water; check on older family, friends and neighbours; not leave pets or kids in cars and watch for symptoms of heat illness.

That includes dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine, they state.

The heat wave earlier this week was responsible for a sharp increase in sudden deaths according to the provinces coroners service. It's also caused dry conditions in the interior of the province, where wildfires have sparked. The Village of Lytton has been destroyed and other fires are burning out of control.