Vancouver — Inland villages in southern British Columbia reached 46.1 C on Sunday afternoon, the highest ever recorded in Canada.
Readings from Litton’s Environment Canada showed that mercury exceeded the previous record of 45C set in Saskatchewan in 1937.
Heat alerts have been issued in most of Western Canada, and the Meteorological Agency says that daily temperature records are being shattered throughout British Columbia.
Some daily highs are projected to exceed 40 ° C, with little amnesty overnight.
The Canadian Ministry of the Environment expects temperatures to begin to drop on Tuesday.
Sarah Henderson, director of science or environmental hygiene at BC Center Fordies Control, encourages people to be aware of the symptoms of overheating.
“If you’re out and active and the price is OK, you’re probably okay, but if you’re out and active and you’re starting to feel a little noisy, it’s time to really stop and cool down,” she said on Sunday. Said in a telephone interview.
“If you have symptoms such as difficulty holding your breath, dizziness, fainting or other confusion, or entering a dangerous area, you need to cool down immediately.”
Henderson recommends drinking plenty of water and applying water to the skin while standing in the breeze to help cool the body without air conditioning.
She said heat can build up indoors and become unsafe.
The sultry heat and cloudless sky did not discourage some Vancouverns from heading to the beach. At the popular Kitsilano Beach and Stanley Park Beach, many umbrellas were scattered around the crowd, which looked smaller than usual on sunny days.
Others like Natalie Moser chose to find shade in a nearby park.
Moser said he would normally stay at a local hotel to enjoy the pool, especially during hot weather, but COVID-19 restrictions hindered that option and thought the beach was too hot even with an umbrella. It was.
“Today was to get something really cool,” she said.
Eastern Vancouver and central Fraser Valley remained on Sunday due to high concentrations of tropospheric ozone.
As temperatures rise, BC Hydro said the new record for peak demand per hour during the summer set on Saturday could be broken again on Monday.
Crown Utility has released a statement that preliminary analysis showed that demand reached 7,972 MW on Saturday night, up from the previous record of 7,897 set in August last year.
Peak hourly demand is usually recorded on weekdays when customers follow a more routine schedule, and Saturday’s record is even more impressive.
By closing the drapes and blinds, you can block the heat. BC Hydro also suggests choosing small utensils when cooking to save money and keep you cool.