A Heat Warning had been issued for Vancouver by Environment Canada for August 12-14, 2021, which has now escalated to an Extreme Heat Alert. An intense heat wave reaching highs of 30°C is passing through the Lower Mainland. Please use the resources and information below provided by City of Vancouver, Environment Canada and Vancouver Coastal Health to prepare and protect yourself and others.
Support Your Community
Perform wellness checks: Check up on your family and friends, give them a call to make sure they are safe and aware of the resources available. Look out for and support those who may be especially vulnerable to heat:
- Older adults, especially those living alone
- Children younger than 5 years old
- People with pre-existing illnesses or taking certain medications
- People who are isolated or experiencing homelessness
- Outdoor workers
- People who may be more likely to be dehydrated as a side effect of substance use
- Anyone who isn’t acclimatized to our weather
- Anyone left in a hot environment like a closed car, or in direct sun
Read below for information about tips to stay cool, including cooling centres, water stations, and more.
Tips to Stay Cool
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
- Cool off: Plan ahead for where you can spend time in a cool or air-conditioned place, and seek shade when outside. At high temperatures, fans alone are not effective. Applying cool water mist or wet towel prior to sitting in front of a fan is a quick way to cool off. Seek out an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre, restaurant, or a residence of friends or family). Use public splash pools, water parks or pools or take a cool bath or shower.
- Keep your home cool: Open windows, close shades, use an air conditioner (if you have one) and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
- Dress for heat: Wear a wide-brimmed hat, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen with SPF 15 or more.
- Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activity and exercise. If you must exercise or conduct strenuous work, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Limit day time outdoor activity to early morning and evening time.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of cool fluids such as water before you feel thirsty.
- Protect your loved ones: Check in anyone who is vulnerable to the heat, or who is less able to leave home.
– If you identify signs of heat-related illness, assist in moving them to a cooler indoor or shaded space, support them in getting hydrated and seek medical assistance.
– If urgent medical support is required, call 9-1-1 without delay.
- Care for your pets: Animals with fur coats are particularly susceptible to the heat, leave them at home in a shaded area, or take them to an off-leash dog park with access to water.
Visit the City of Vancouver’s Heat Safety page for more information.
Click here to download a list of Cooling Centres within the Vancouver Coastal Health region and the Fraser Health region.
Some community centres and public library branches in Vancouver are air-conditioned spaces:
Click on any location on the map below for more information about hours of operation.
An overnight cooling centre is available at the Gathering Place from 10pm to 6am.
Spray Parks and Wading Pools
Symptoms of Heat-related Illness
Information provided by HealthLink BC. Visit the HealthLink BC’s heat-related illness page or call 811 for more information.
- Pale, cool, moist skin
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Swelling, especially hands and feet
- Fatigue and weakness
- Dizziness and/or fainting
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Fever, particularly a core body temperature of 40°C (104°F) or more
- Confusion and decreased mental alertness
- Red, hot, dry skin (in the late stages of heat stroke)
Check in regularly to ensure no one has any symptoms. If you identify signs of illness, assist in moving the person to a cooler indoor or shaded space, support them in getting hydrated and seek medical assistance. If urgent medical support is required, call 9-1-1 without delay.
Take a Survey! The City of Vancouver is conducting a survey about indoor temperatures to better understand the associated impacts of heat on health now and in the future. Visit https://survey.vancouver.ca/s3/Indoor-Air-Temperature-Survey-Summer-2021