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Metro Vancouver marks one of the hottest days of 2020 on Sunday

Last Updated Aug 16, 2020 at 1:42 pm PST

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Brace yourself Metro Vancouver this is going to be one of the hottest days of 2020

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for nearly the whole region

Temperatures will be hitting the mid-30

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Get ready for what may be the hottest day of the summer on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-30s in parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, leading Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement.

NEWS 1130’s Meteorologist Michael Kuss says the humidity will likely make the heat feel worse.

“Some of those inland readings for 35, 36 could feel a little bit warmer than that. I don’t think we’re going to get any 40 degree feel temperatures, but still for us especially compared to what we’ve had over the last little while, it is going to be hot,” he says.

Kuss adds if you want to stay cool, “don’t forget to drink lots of water.”

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And if you do enjoy the summer heat but won’t have the opportunity to get outside, Kuss says you won’t have to worry.

“Over the last 10 to 15 years seen that summer … starts later. Whereas June has been quite shaky with a lot of precipitation, things start coming around in July. August is almost guaranteed to be great nice and warm with lots of sunshine. But September can be fantastic as well. So there’s a really good chance that we see nice warm days all the way through and into September.”

And for those that don’t like the sweltering heat, Kuss has some good news for you.

“It’s a little bit different this time of year as we work our way into the tail end of August, as opposed to earlier even mid-July,” he says.

“The evenings are a little bit longer, the dark period of the day, and so it does cool off still at night. So you will get a bit of a refreshing cooldown into the evening after 9:00 p.m. you’re already 25-30 minutes past sunset, and then overnight we’ll be back down into the mid-teens.”

As for the rest of the week, Kuss adds there is a risk of showers after Tuesday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for nearly all of Metro Vancouver.

The hottest spots are expected to be Howe Sound and the eastern Fraser Valley.

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