Specific municipalities in British Columbia are altering their heat-wave management plans amid another week of high temperatures. They may be forced to keep cooling centres operational overnight, if necessary. According to Environment Canada, heat warnings have been issued for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley, and eastern Vancouver Island.
A special weather statement was also issued for a large swath of the province and temperatures are expected to peak Wednesday to Saturday. This new heat-wave arrives a month after B.C. was hit with a heat dome. Many municipalities are updating their response to extreme heat events, as the government received criticism from last month’s response.
Vancouver and other municipalities are considering keeping cooling centres operational overnight. Michaela Garstin, communications adviser for West Vancouver said, “If the situation should change, there is a plan in place to open cooling centres with 24/7 capacity if needed.”
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