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Malahat breaks record as Vancouver Island weathers heat wave

South Island communities reminding residents to keep cool, stay hydrated
Warnings and special weather statements cover much of the province amid a heat wave that hit Sunday (Aug. 13). (Environment Canada)

The Malahat hit a new high temperature, breaking a record set just two years ago.

As a heat wave hit the south Island Sunday (Aug. 13) the Malahat area registered 33.2 C, breaking the 2021 record of 33.1, according to Environment Canada. Records of that area have been kept since 1986.

Two other B.C. communities broke older records with the Hope airport area hitting 37.8 C, breaking a 2010 record of 34.7. Agassiz also broke a 2010 record of 33.1 C, hitting 35.2 C on Sunday.

The Malahat is predicted to hit 31 C Monday (Aug. 14) as a prolonged heat wave hangs over the south coast of B.C.

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Environment Canada issued several heat warnings on the weekend, and the strong ridge of high pressure is expected to remain over southern B.C. through Wednesday. Communities can expect above seasonal daytime temperatures combined with higher-than-usual night temperatures.

In Greater Victoria, Southern Gulf Islands and east Vancouver Island daytime temperatures are expected to hit 29 to 34 C with overnight lows near 16. Temperatures are expected to lower a few degrees on Thursday as the ridge begins to break down.

Communities are reminding residents to keep cool and hydrated to avoid heat-related illness. Simple suggestions include heading to public air-conditioned spaces such as recreation centres and libraries.

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