Special weather statement issued for Metro Vancouver due to heat wave

Heat warning on Coast

People are urged to be cautious today in Vancouver as a short heatwave will roll over Metro Vancouver Sunday and Monday.

Environment Canada issued the alert Sunday morning for the Metro Vancouver region along with the rest of the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and eastern Vancouver Island. Temperatures are forecast to be up to 10 C hotter than seasonal norms.

"After a relatively cool start to the weekend, temperatures will be on the rise again today," states Environment Canada. "The current guidance indicates that the day time temperatures will peak in the low-thirties through Monday at locations away from the immediate coast."

Right now they're predicting a high of 24 C across Vancouver, but that will vary from location to location. Further inland, places like Abbotsford are expected to hit 33 C.

While it's expected to bring the heat, it won't last long.

"The ridge associated with this warm spell will start shifting inland on Tuesday, ushering the hot air into the Interior," states the federal agency.

Temperatures are forecast to remain in the 30s in the Okanagan through the week, with a forecast high of 37 C in Kelowna next Saturday.

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