Vancouver Island climate: Well being authorities warn residents to organize for warm, dry climate

Well being authorities on Vancouver Island are warning residents, significantly these on the island’s east coast, to organize for warm and dry climate beginning Sunday and persevering with into subsequent week.

In an announcement Friday, Island Well being mentioned the danger of heat-related diseases will improve with a ridge of excessive strain that is transferring into BC

Surroundings Canada is forecasting temperatures above 30 C for a lot of the island subsequent week, together with a excessive of 34 C in Port Alberni, BC, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Nanaimo, Comox and the Cowichan Valley are anticipated to achieve 32 C subsequent week with a UV index of eight, or “very excessive.”

Well being authorities are advising residents who’ve followers and air con to verify they work forward of the heatwave. Those that haven’t got air con are urged to search out someplace to chill off, comparable to a library, neighborhood centre, mall or different public facility.

Residents staying residence are suggested to shut curtains and blinds in the course of the warmest instances of the day and open doorways and home windows when it’s cooler exterior.

Island Well being says sustained indoor temperatures over 31 C might be harmful for people who find themselves most inclined to warmth, together with seniors, these with restricted mobility and people with diabetes, coronary heart illness or respiratory illness.

Those that are exterior ought to drink loads of water, keep within the shade if doable and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or extra.

Indicators of warmth exhaustion embrace heavy sweating, extreme headache, muscle cramps, excessive thirst and darkish urine.

Indicators of warmth stroke embrace lack of consciousness, disorientation, confusion, extreme nausea or vomiting and really darkish urine or no urine. Warmth stroke is a medical emergency and victims ought to name 911 or have somebody name 911 for them.