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It is going to be hot on Monday and Tuesday, Squamish

Showers may come Tuesday night.
edb3_16Weather Aug. 8, 2022
Woman enjoying a swim in Squamish. If you can swing it, today and Tuesday are the days to get to the water.

If you can be on the water today (Aug. 8) and tomorrow, that might be your best option to beat the heat and/or enjoy the sun before the weather changes.

According to Squamish meteorologist Jason Ross, a ridge of high pressure will bring another warm day on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures rising from mid-teens for coastal areas to low to mid-30s inland.

Some of the models are hinting a weak pulse may reach southern B.C. Tuesday afternoon or evening, which could result in isolated showers or thunderstorms, especially over the mountain ridges.

On Wednesday, as an upper low moves up along the Oregon and Washington coast, the associated upper trough will bring clouds and isolated showers or thunderstorms to Squamish.

High pressure rebuilds later on in the week with a mix of sun and cloud.

Heat can be dangerous

Extreme heat affects everyone, and so Environment Canada and Vancouver Coastal Health are asking folks to take precautions.

The risks are more significant for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and those working or exercising outdoors.

Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

What to do if you start to overheat

HealthlinkBC offers the following advice for the early stages of heat illness:

•Stop your activity and rest.

•Get out of direct sunlight and lie down in a cooler environment, such as shade or an air-conditioned area. Elevate your feet. Remove all unnecessary clothing.

•Cool down by applying cool compresses or having a fan blow on you.

•Drink rehydration drinks, juices, or water to replace fluids. Drink 2 L (2 qt) of cool fluids over two to four hours. You are drinking enough fluids if your urine is normal in colour and amount, and you are urinating every two to four hours. Total rehydration with oral fluids usually takes about 36 hours, but most people will begin to feel better within a few hours.

•Rest for 24 hours, and continue fluid replacement with a rehydration drink. Rest from any strenuous physical activity for one to three days.

Heat edema (swelling) is treated with rest and by elevating your legs. If you are standing for a long time in a hot environment, flex your leg muscles often so that blood does not pool in your lower legs, which can lead to heat edema and fainting.

Heat cramps are treated by getting out of the heat and replacing fluids and salt. If you are not on a salt (sodium) restricted diet, eat a little more salt, such as a few nuts or pretzels. 

•Heat rash (prickly heat) usually gets better and goes away without treatment. Antihistamines may help if you are having problems with itching. Keep areas clean and dry to help prevent a skin infection. Keep your home, especially sleeping areas, cool.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

•A seizure occurs.

•Decreased mental alertness develops.

•Shortness of breath develops.

•Symptoms become more severe or frequent.

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