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British Columbians should prepare for hot weather ahead, Emergency Management BC says

An extreme heat emergency is not expected, says the province
EMBC said there could be heat warnings issued this coming weekend or early next week.

Emergency Management BC is advising people across the province to prepare for potential heat warnings as rising temperatures are predicted in the coming week.

According to a statement from EMBC, a high-pressure ridge is moving into the province, with Environment Canada forecasting hot and dry weather for many regions.

EMBC said there could be heat warnings issued this coming weekend or early next week.

“While the current forecast suggests a dip in daytime high temperatures late this week, there is potential for the high-pressure ridge to ramp up this weekend and into next week, which may lead to higher temperatures,” the statement said.

According to the province, an extreme heat emergency is not expected, but residents are advised to make a plan to ensure they are protected from illnesses like heat stroke, heat rash and heat exhaustion.

“A heat plan should identify cool zones inside and outside of homes (such as community centres and libraries), ways to cool down (such as taking cool baths or showers and drinking plenty of water), and identify vulnerable family members and neighbours who are susceptible to heat,” the statement said.

EMBC said residents trying to beat the heat should remain cautious around water as some rivers are still running high and fast, while other bodies of water are cold for this time of the year and could cause hypothermia.

According to EMBC, some communities across the province might open cooling centres if a heat warning is issued. Residents are advised to check with their local government for more information.