These last few days of spring may be a sign of what to expect for the coming summer. In some areas temperatures may be as much as 10 degrees above the normal for this time of year. How do you keep cool when we’re having a heatwave?

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning, when the humidex value is expected to reach levels ranging from 29 degrees celsius to 40 degrees or greater depending on your location.

Environment Canada and the Lower Mainland Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

Check on older family members, friends and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and drinking water.

Never leave pets or people inside a parked car.

Some of the symptoms of heat illness include: dizziness/fainting; rapid breathing and heartbeat and extreme thirst.

When in doubt do not hesitate to call HealthLink BC at 811.

Stay cool.

Ian Power