Extreme Heat

Although BC's South Coast does not typically experience the same extreme summer heat as other regions of Canada, our summer temperatures can climb to dangerous highs. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are 100% preventable, yet many people get sick or die every year during periods of extreme heat.

More info about the health risks and tips for keeping cool in extreme heat.

For more information on heat-related illness, please call BC HealthLink at 811, or visit BC Center for Disease Control.

Coping with Poor Air Quality

Increased temperatures are often accompanied by worsening air quality. Smog is a visible example of air pollution and smog levels increase during the hottest months. Air pollution can be a serious health issue.

Air pollution can contribute to negative health effects ranging from increased respiratory symptoms to hospitalizations and premature deaths. According to health researchers, children, the elderly and people with a pre-existing cardiac or respiratory illness are most at risk. As the air quality deteriorates, consider reducing, rescheduling, or avoiding strenuous outdoor activities, especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as coughing or throat irritation.

Check the BC Air Quality Health Index for current air quality conditions.

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