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Near-record highs expected as heat sets in over Lower Mainland

Last Updated Jun 12, 2019 at 8:34 am PDT

Summary

Expect near-record breaking temperatures around the Lower Mainland today

Meteorologist Russ Lacate says conditions will be hazy and humid today, with highs into the low-30s inland

Temperatures cool back down on Thursday, with a look ahead to a more 'comfortable' weekend, Russ says

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Get out that oscillating fan if you haven’t already — things are about to get downright sweltering today.

Temperatures are expected to hit near-record highs in many parts of the Lower Mainland.

“We’ve been checking the books and the all-time record highs for this date in history range from the mid-to-upper 20s by the water’s edge, into the low-30s inland,” Meteorologist Russ Lacate says. “And we’ve got forecast values today across the Lower Mainland between 26 and 32 degrees — that’s why we believe it could well be a record-setting June 12th before we’re done with this afternoon.”

While we are still more than a week away from the official start of summer, things are expected to get hazy and humid in parts of the region.

“What’s that saying? It’s not so much the heat as it is the humidity, and I think we will get a sense of that today as a partly-cloudy, partly-hazy and unseasonable hot pattern descends all across southern B.C.,” he says. “The local humidex values across the Lower Mainland could approach 34 degrees this afternoon.”

Things begin to cool down on Thursday, with a look ahead to a much more “comfortable” weekend, he adds.

However, even with some rain a possibility next week, you’ll want to keep well-hydrated and make sure to have sunscreen on hand for the rest of Wednesday.

Today’s heat comes a day after many parents in Surrey complained their children had to endure classroom temperatures in the 30s with no air flow.