Tue. Oct 16th, 2018

Heat Warning issued – Fire Danger remaining High – Excellent CO2 thread

Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for East Vancouver Island and Victoria but considering Inland Vancouver Island will be getting up to 35°C, the message applies here too even if the warning doesn’t.  Here is their message.

4:50 AM PDT Monday 16 July 2018
Heat Warning in effect for:

  • Greater Victoria

The summertime heat continues over much of the inner-south Coast early this week. Inland areas can will experience day-time highs of at least 28 degrees and overnight lows near 16 degrees.

Some slightly cooler weather is in store beginning mid-week as an on-shore flow develops.

These high temperatures are not out of the ordinary for this time of year, however, please be aware of the health risks associated with hot weather.

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.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Get informed
– Check the local news for health and safety updates.
– For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811.
– Contact your local government to find out what services (such as air-conditioned buildings and public splash parks) are available in your area.

Environment Canada and the Lower Mainland Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

 


There is nothing but sun in the forecast.  Thankfully, the fire near Jingle Pot Road in Nanaimo yesterday was brought under control by crews. There are no other fires on the map for Vancouver Island at this time.

The fire danger on the mid island is expected to remain at “high” for the next 4 days but considering there is NO precipitation expexted through this time next week, this I would expect us to get to Extreme sometime next week and a likely campfire ban.

Finally, since we are talking about heat in many parts of the world, now is a good time to share this excellent thread on CO2 and other greenhouse gases. We must do more, faster, to avoid even more dangerous heat events like the one we are having now.

 

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