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July 31, 2017

Heat Wave Alert

Environment Canada has issued a weather advisory for the Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. The forecast for the next several days is calling for hot weather with temperatures in the mid 30’s here in the central Fraser Valley. Temperatures will be cooler near the near the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca.

Daily temperatures records from Tuesday to Thursday will probably be broken in many communities. And the all-time records for the month of August may be threatened, too. For example, the highest August temperature ever recorded at Abbotsford is 36.3 degrees and the forecast for Thursday is 36.

The heat combined with the lack of rainfall so far this month will maintain high to extreme fire danger ratings across much of southern BC.

Heat-related illnesses are more likely during prolonged periods of hot weather. Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness. Those most vulnerable to high temperatures include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, those working or exercising in the heat, persons with chronic illnesses, people living alone in un-air-conditioned homes and the homeless.

We encourage you to review information on the City website that has information on how you can avoid heat related illness. Go to mapleridge.ca/1229.

We encourage you stay informed about the latest forecast through your favourite radio and TV stations. Any further updates will be posted on the City website at mapleridge.ca and the City’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

Please take care of yourself and your family. Stay hydrated, make sure that you are using sunscreen, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun and please check in on your elderly family members to ensure their comfort and safety.

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

NEVER leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

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