Higher than average temperatures are expected to continue for coastal British Columbia today and throughout the weekend.
While Powell River has been relatively unaffected by wildfire smoke, which has resulted in poor air quality in many areas of the province, we are not immune to the havoc and potential dangers extreme heat and dry conditions continue to pose.
The term “heat dome” is not being used this time around, but that recent experience has prompted provincial officials to be proactive in prompting residents to take steps to keep cool, and to check in with family members or friends who may need assistance managing the latest, and seemingly never-ending heat spell.
“Following all health guidelines during a period of rising temperatures is crucially important for vulnerable populations, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions, infants and young children,” said provincial health office Bonnie Henry on August 11. “We can be extra vigilant for those people who are most at risk by reaching out to remind them of the actions that will help us all get through another heat wave safely, such as limiting physical activity outdoors, taking shelter in a cool, air-conditioned place and staying hydrated.”
In other words, Henry’s well known statement regarding COVID-19 (Be calm, be kind, stay safe) can be applied again, this time in reference to the latest heat wave, and expanded on to include: Reach out, take it easy and stay cool.