Heat warnings cover most of British Columbia as records are set and risk of heat stress rises

Ongoing heat warnings cover most of British Columbia, and Environment Canada says the sweltering conditions have shattered more than a dozen daily temperature records.

Fourteen records were set across the province on Tuesday, from Prince Rupert to Bella Bella, Ashcroft and across the Fraser Valley and South Coast.

The oldest record was recorded in the Agassiz region of the Fraser Valley, where the mercury reached 36.5°C, almost a degree warmer than the previous record set in 1899.

British Columbia also claimed the seven hottest places in the country on Tuesday, including Lytton, which was the hot spot in Canada at 40.2C.

It is the first time this year that British Columbia has officially seen the heat soar above 40C, although the scorcher was not a record high for Lytton, who set the highest temperature in the country at 49.6C last year, a day before a forest fire destroyed the village.

In addition to heat warnings of up to 41°C for much of the central and southern interior and only slightly cooler conditions elsewhere in British Columbia, the weather office is maintaining weather quality advisories. air for the eastern portions of Metro Vancouver, the Lower Fraser Valley and the Fraser River. Canyon.

Forecasters say sunlight reacts with pollutants to create high concentrations of ground-level ozone east of Vancouver, which could cause breathing difficulties for pregnant women, children, outdoor workers or anyone suffering lung disease or asthma.

Heat stress potential

According to WorkSafe BC, more than a third of heat stress claims last year came from people who worked indoors. He advises people to stay cool, hydrated and out of direct sunlight this week.

“Last year, WorkSafe BC accepted 115 worker claims related to heat stress. This represents an increase of 180% in claims over each of the previous three years,” said WorkSafe BC Senior Manager Suzana Prpic, on the CBC show. The first edition.

Vancouver’s parks and beaches were filling up quickly with temperatures in the region soaring to 30°C. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

She said employers should ensure workers have a cooling room with working air conditioning and personal protective equipment like heat-reflecting clothing or water-cooled suits.

“Look to see if the job can be done in a cooler environment,” she said.

Environment Canada says weather conditions, particularly in eastern Metro Vancouver, are unlikely to improve until after the weekend.

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