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Heat Safety and Preparedness

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A stretch of hot weather is expected.

Threat: Daytime high temperatures of 29 to 35 degrees Celsius inland and near 27 degrees Celsius near the water. Early morning low temperatures of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.

When: Wednesday and Thursday.

Remarks: A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a short lived heat wave to British Columbia. Temperatures are expected to moderate on Friday.

The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening.

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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.

To get more information: – Check the local news for health and safety updates. – Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness. – Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.

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

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@nullec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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The Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP) supports regional hazard planning and coordination (which includes extreme weather events such as heat emergencies) and works closely with municipal partners in Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and K’ómoks First Nation. Together we are guided by recommendations from the BC HEAT committee, as they are the Provincial Health Leads for extreme heat events in British Columbia.

Communities and municipalities within the Comox Valley are prepared to open cooling stations during an official heat warning (determined by Environment Canada) and to expand cooling centre hours and services as required during an Extreme Heat Emergency (determined by BC HEAT committee).

For ongoing information and guidance regarding Heat Preparedness in the Village of Cumberland as well as the greater Comox Valley please visit: Heat Safety | Comox Valley Regional District (comoxvalleyrd.ca)

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