Be prepared for summer heat this weekend
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the North Shore, including West Vancouver, to advise of high temperatures this weekend.
The first heat wave of summer is expected from Friday, June 24 through Tuesday, June 28. Daytime temperatures are forecast to reach up to 30 degrees celsius.
Avoid heat-related illnesses by finding ways to stay cool and take steps to protect yourself, your family, and pets.
If you are looking for a place to keep cool, seek spaces with air conditioning such as the library and community centres. People are welcome to use these spaces to cool down during regular hours.
On Sunday, June 26, some facilities will be closed, but the following will remain open:
• The Library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• West Vancouver Community Centre is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The Seniors’ Activity Centre is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to do
- Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids, especially water.
- Spend time in cool places like shaded areas or air-conditioned spaces like a local mall or public library.
- Block out the sun by opening awnings, and close curtains or blinds during the day.
- Take a cool bath or shower periodically.
- Check on vulnerable family members and neighbours to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
When you go outdoors
- Never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or direct sunlight.
- Avoid sun exposure; find shade when possible.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured clothing.
- Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities to the coolest time of day.
- Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, or try to find a cooler outdoor location.
- Visit a spray park or book a swim time at the Aquatic Centre.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If symptoms are not mild, last longer than one hour, change, worsen or cause concern, contact a health care provider.
Call 911 if someone in your care has a high body temperature and is either unconscious or has stopped sweating.
To ask about heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811.
Information and resources
- Environment Canada Heat Warning details
- North Shore Emergency Management Extreme Heat tips
- West Vancouver Memorial Library
- West Vancouver Aquatic Centre
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Donna Powers, Director of Community Relations & Communications