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'It is still kind of ramping up:' Heat warnings, hot forecast in place for Metro Vancouver

"It looks to peak probably around Tuesday."
The hot weather is staying in the forecast for Vancouver.

Heat warnings and hot weather are expected to stay around Vancouver this week.

Local governments, health authorities and federal agencies are all warning locals about the heat wave currently over Metro Vancouver, and the forecast shows it's going to get hotter before any reprieve according to Environment Canada meteorologist Dave Wray.

"It's been quite hot and it is still kind of ramping up," Wray tells V.I.A.

V.I.A.'s Weatherhood stations show several neighbourhoods are likely to crack 30 C in the next two days.

While it won't be as bad as the heat dome of 2021, the above average temperatures and clear, sunny skies will remain for at least a week Wray says, though it won't stay quite as hot as it is now for the entire week.

Monday, July 8 is expected to be 26 C down by the water while inland it's expected to be 33 C. Tuesday it will likely get hotter.

"It looks to peak probably around Tuesday for the Metro Vancouver area," he says. "We're looking at highs of 27 C, 34 C further inland."

The current Environment Canada heat warning is in place until at least Tuesday night, alerting people to the heat illness, along with its effects and symptoms.

"Never leave susceptible people, particularly children, or pets inside a parked vehicle," reads the warning. "If you are in an overheated area, seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, splash pad, misting station, or air-conditioned spot like a public building."

Wray notes people should try to cool off in pools or water if they're feeling hot. The City of Vancouver has activated cooling centre in community centres and libraries for those looking for shelter from the heat.

"Everyone is welcome to cool down and rehydrate at one of these centres," states the city, noting these spaces will be air conditioned.

The City also encourages people to check in on friends, family and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the heat.

A big ridge of high pressure has built up in the area, and will keep Metro Vancouver skies clear for the foreseeable future, though on Wednesday its strength is expected to waver.

"Having said that, it'll still be quite warm," says Wray. "The ridge weakens, but doesn't go away."

Wednesday, July 10 is predicted to be 25 C, with inland highs of 29 C; Wray notes that a sea breeze may becoming off the water on Wednesday, which could take the edge off the heat.

Stay up-to-date with hyperlocal forecasts across 50 neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland with V.I.A.'s Weatherhood.