Special Weather Statement in Effect for Victoria
July 27, 2021
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Greater Victoria. Daytime high temperatures will rise 3 to 5 degrees Celsius compared to today, pushing them into the mid to high 20's near the water to low 30's inland.
To reduce your risk of heat-related illness, make sure to:
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day
- Wear light, loose clothing, and a hat
- If working outside, take breaks and find shade
Make sure to drink more fluids than normal, especially water, regardless of your activity level, and do not wait until you are thirsty to have a drink. Avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar as these are less helpful in keeping your body hydrated.
The City of Victoria operates drinking water fountains throughout the City. Find them all using this map to stay hydrated during the hot weather: https://vicmap.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=01d530fe77d24581b69b1b0a0c8e3583
If you’re looking for a place to cool off, both the watering can and playground splash pads in Beacon Hill Park are open from 8am-8pm daily.
Misting stations are available at Royal Athletic Park during community access times, Thursday and Friday 5-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm, in addition to operating during the summer camps from 8:30am – 4:30pm on all weekdays.
We will continue to monitor the weather and open more community access as we’re able.
Island Health has some great tips for heat safety on their website, including how to identify the signs of heat-related illness:
- Pale, cool, moist skin
- Heavy sweating, cramps, rash
- Fatigue, light headedness, headache
- Nausea, vomiting
- High fever, hallucinations, seizures and unconsciousness require urgent medical attention. Call 9-1-1.
Also, remember to check in on your friends and neighbours throughout the next few days. The following people are at greater risk of heat-related illness:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 or older
- People who work outside
- People with heart conditions or breathing problems
- People who live alone