Heat warning continues for eastern Vancouver Island

The sweltering conditions continue along eastern Vancouver Island as Environment Canada issued a heat warning about high temperatures and firefighters were battling a new wildfire near Courtenay.

A ridge of high pressure is elevating temperatures up to 30 C from Courtenay to Campbell River, Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay and Duncan to Nanaimo, and is expected to last through to Wednesday.

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The federal agency is forecasting overnight lows near 16 C, with slightly cooler daytime temperatures expected near the water.

A special weather statement was also issued for inland Vancouver Island for similar conditions.

Officials are warning that extreme heat affects everyone, but the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

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