Heat warning this week for Metro Vancouver: Aug 17 & 18

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning this week for Metro Vancouver due to hot and humid temperatures. 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. The hottest time of the day will be late afternoon to early evening.

A stretch of hot weather is expected for:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

For information on heat stress and safety, please visit Weather and thermal stress safety.

Air-conditioned UBC buildings

The following air-conditioned UBC buildings are open to the public:

Visit the Weather and Thermal Stress Safety page for the most updated information about UBC’s on-campus cooling centres.

Water features available

UBC has also installed two temporary water features in the following locations to help students, faculty, and staff stay hydrated under the heat:

Download the UBC Safe App

Download the UBC Safe App to access campus safety resources and receive notifications on your phone. Make sure to enable notification to receive alerts or active and urgent situations that may require your immediate attention.

For more information on the UBC Safe App visit: https://srs.ubc.ca/health-safety/ubc-safe-vancouver-app/

Most at-risk or vulnerable people

The most at-risk or vulnerable people to heat waves are the elderly and those with medical conditions. If you are in this category or have friends and family that are, please make plans to check in on these individuals when the heat gets particularly warmer, especially if temperatures do not drop overnight. In-person checkups are advised, as studies have shown that phone calls are not always sufficient to ensure a loved one is safe and ok during a heat event.

If you or anyone you know experiences serious distress related to the heat, please call 9-11.

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