This came across the wire this afternoon:
Issued at 2013-06-28 00:04 UTC by Environment Canada:
Special weather statement issued for:
Inland Vancouver Island, B.C. (081500)
Hot weather develops on the Canada day weekend.
After a sputtering start to the season, summer is about to arrive in spectacular fashion. A massive ridge of high pressure will develop on the Canada day weekend. The ridge will bring hot air from the desert southwest of the us to the BC coast. The cool sea-breeze cycle that usually provides relief from the heat will weaken, and from Sunday onward, the temperature of the stagnant air over the South Coast will rise by several degrees each day. Many daily maximum temperature records will be set Monday and Tuesday as thermometers climb above 32 degrees in many locations.
The heat-wave will break on Wednesday as cool, fresh marine air spreads inland, lowering afternoon temperatures by 5 to 10 degrees.
If temperatures are expected to persist in the mid-thirties for more than one day, this special weather statement will be upgraded to an extreme heat-wave advisory for the Lower Mainland forecast regions including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and Whis tler.
Coping with the heat.
There are many symptoms of heat-realated illness including thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting/collapsing. Medical health officers are reminding residents to protect themselves from the heat.
1. Stay hydrated. 2. Keep cool. 3. Check in on others. 4. Get informed. For more information on heat-related illness, call healthlink BC at 811.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.
Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.
More details on the alert are available here.