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Temperature record broken Saturday, more set to fall

The first, of what is likely to be several, temperature records fell in Prince George Saturday.

The mercury climbed to a scorching 32.5 degrees Celsius in Prince George Saturday, breaking the old temperature record for June 26 of 31.5 degrees Celsius, set in 1992.

With temperatures expected to climb to the high 30s today, Monday and Tuesday, expect more temperature records to fall. The record for today (June 27) is 28.5 degrees, set in 1992. The record for June 28 is 28.3 degrees Celsius, set in 1950 and the record for June 29 is 30.6 degrees Celsius, set in 1987.

A dangerous long-duration heat wave will affect B.C. until Wednesday, according to Environment Canada.

Daytime highs ranging from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 16 degrees celsius are expected.

Locations: North Thompson, North Columbia, Kinbasket, 100 Mile, Chilcotin, Cariboo, Prince George, Stuart-Nechako, Yellowhead, Williston, Bulkley Valley, Lakes District, McGregor, B.C. Peace River, Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park, Stone Mountain Park.

An exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure is situated over British Columbia and will likely result in record-breaking temperatures over the next few days. The duration of this heat wave is concerning as there is little relief at night with elevated overnight temperatures. This record-breaking heat event will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, raise river levels due to glacier melt and increase the risk of wildfires due to drought conditions.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

To get more information:
– Check the local news for health and safety updates.
– Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
– Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.

Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

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