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New temperature record set in Dawson Creek

Temp. records forecast to be broken all week.
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Keep the water close this week.

Dawson Creek set a new temperature record on Saturday.

The Dawson Creek area set a new record high of 32.8 degrees on June 26, beating the previous record of 31.7 degrees set in 1928, according to Environment Canada.

There were more than 50 temperature records broken in B.C. on Saturday, and Environment Canada says the heat wave will affect B.C. until Wednesday, with daytime highs ranging from 35 to 40 degrees. 

"BC Hydro expects demand to increase even further as the temperatures continue to climb. It is predicting demand will peak on Monday and could reach up to 8,300 megawatts, shattering last night’s record," the utility said in a release on Sunday.

Temperatures in Dawson Creek are forecast to reach 36 degrees Sunday, 37 degrees on Monday, and 39 degrees on Tuesday.

Be aware of the risks of too much heat and sun exposure. 

Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion, and, in severe cases, it can also lead to heat-related illness or heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. 

Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency.

The most vulnerable include the very young, people 65 years and older, people with chronic illness, people who exercise or work outdoors, and people who are socially isolated.

Symptoms of heat-related illness or heat stroke include pale, cool, moist skin, fever, heavy sweating, rapid breathing, headache, confusion, weakness or fatigue, nausea and muscle cramps.

People with these symptoms should move to a cool environment, rest, and drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages.

If symptoms worsen or are severe, people should visit an emergency room or their family doctor.

Northern Health tips

  • Watch or listen for local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Drink extra water even before you feel thirsty and if you are active on a hot day. Avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol as these lead to dehydration.

  • Avoid tiring work or exercise in hot, humid environments. If you must work or exercise, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour.

  • Rest breaks are important and should be taken in the shade.

  • Keep cool. Stay indoors in air-conditioned houses and buildings such as malls, community centres, arenas and shops. At temperatures above 30°C (86°F), fans alone while helpful may not be able to prevent heat-related illness.

  • If you do go outside, plan your outdoor activity before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when the sun’s Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the weakest, and seek shaded green spaces.

  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52°C (125°F) within 20 minutes inside a vehicle when the outside temperature is 34° C (93°F). Leaving the car windows slightly open will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.

  • Avoid sunburn. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on exposed skin and an SPF 30 lip balm. Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays but not from the heat.

  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see any medication you take puts you at higher risk for developing heat-related illness (eg. water pills)

  • Be sure to regularly check older adults, children and others for signs of heat-related illness and make sure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Check on those who are unable to leave their homes, and people with emotional or mental health concerns whose judgment may be impaired.

  • For more information on heat-related health issues, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke, call 8-1-1 for health advice 24/7, or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca.

BC Hydro tips

  • Closing the drapes and blinds: Shading windows can block out up to 65 per cent of the heat.

  • Shutting doors and windows: If the temperature outside is warmer than inside, keep doors and windows closed to keep the cooler air in and the warm air out.

  • Using a fan: Running a fan nine hours a day over the summer costs just $7.

  • Being a star: Purchase an ENERGY STAR air conditioner as they use about 30 to 40 per cent less power than standard units.

  • Opting for smaller appliances: Use a microwave, crockpot or toaster oven to avoid the extra heat produced by larger appliances when preparing meals.