Heat warning issued in parts of B.C.

Much of the BC’s South Coast is under a heat warning with temperatures expected to soar.

Health officials are warning people to be wary of heat-related illness for the next few days.

Environment Canada says the mercury will climb as high as 35 C inland and 27 C near the water on Wednesday and Thursday.

Warnings have been issued for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound.

Parts of Vancouver Island and further up the coast, as well as the Fraser Canyon and Thompson regions, are also impacted.

“A strong ridge of high pressure will bring a short-lived heat wave to British Columbia. Temperatures are expected to moderate on Friday,” said Environment Canada in an advisory.

Because of this, heat-related illness is a real danger, Environment Canada said.

Some of the symptoms include rash, cramps, fainting, exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Younger children, older adults, pregnant people, those with chronic illnesses, and anyone working or exercising outdoors are most at risk.

“The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening. Extreme heat affects everyone,” said Environment Canada.

Preliminary data from the BC Coroners Service revealed that 16 people died during the record-breaking heat wave that arrived late last month — most were seniors.

However, temperatures this summer have not reached the highs that were seen during last year’s heat dome that led to more than 600 deaths.

Officials are urging the public to check on their neighbors and loved ones over the next few days.

They’re also reminding people not to leave kids or pets in the car.