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Special weather statement issued for Metro Vancouver due to heat wave

Temperatures could peak in the low-30s
Spanish Banks in the summer sun.

People are urged to be cautious today in Vancouver as a short heatwave will role over Metro Vancouver June 20 and 21.

Environment Canada issued the alert this morning for the Metro Vancouver region along with the rest of the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and eastern Vancouver Island. They're forecasting temperatures up to 10 C hotter than seasonal norms.

"After a relatively cool start to the weekend, temperatures will be on the rise again today. The current guidance indicates that the day time temperatures will peak in the low-thirties through Monday at locations away from the immediate coast," states Environment Canada.

Right now they're predicting a high of 24 C across Vancouver, but that will vary from location to location. Further inland, places like Abbotsford are expected to hit 33 C.

While it's expected to bring the heat, it won't last long.

"The ridge associated with this warm spell will start shifting inland on Tuesday, ushering the hot air into the Interior," states the federal agency.

Places like Lytton are expected to be in the mid-30s through the week. Vancouver is predicted to be in the mid-20s for the rest of the week.