First heat wave of the season forecasted for Richmond

If you haven’t already, now might be a good time to pull out your fans and stock up on sunscreen.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Richmond and Lower Mainland, forecasting the “highest temperatures experienced so far this summer.”

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The agency says a ridge of high pressure will build over southern B.C. this weekend, and daytime highs will reach the low 30’s on Sunday and Monday.

Nighttime lows will dip to the mid-teens.

Starting Tuesday, temperatures will start to lower as the high pressure ridge weakens, which will allow “slightly cooler marine air to invade the south coast.”

The weather agency is advising people to follow these measures during the heat wave:

  • Stay cool and hydrated, particularly during the hottest period of the day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening.
  • Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car.

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