Heat events, also referred to as heatwaves, encompass consecutive days of temperatures exceeding the usual range for a specific region. With the ongoing climate changes, British Columbia can anticipate an increase in the frequency, duration, and intensity of heat events.
While heat events can impact the health of individuals, extreme heat poses a significantly higher risk of severe illness, particularly for those lacking access to a cool indoor setting. As outdoor temperatures escalate each day, the heat can accumulate indoors, creating a potentially perilous situation. The longer the duration of the heat event, the greater the danger it presents.
Find out what to do before, during and after an extreme heat event.