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Despite record-breaking temperatures Sunday, two children were left inside a van in the Chilliwack Walmart parking lot on June 27, 2021 and had to be free by RCMP. (file photo)

Fraser Valley woman arrested after two young children left in vehicle on scorching hot day

Two kids were inside a van in record setting temperatures before first responders arrived

Despite record-breaking temperatures Sunday, two children were left inside a van in the Chilliwack Walmart parking lot on June 27, 2021 and had to be free by RCMP. (file photo)
People enjoy the heat wave across Vancouver Island during a low tide at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, B.C., on Friday, July 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Heat wave dubbed ‘dangerous,’ ‘historic,’ bakes much of Western Canada

Lytton sets new all-time national high, conditions could persist in the Prairies until week’s end

People enjoy the heat wave across Vancouver Island during a low tide at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, B.C., on Friday, July 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People out and about wear masks to protect themselves from COVID-19 while on the streets in downtown in Victoria, Friday, May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Expert explains about the ‘heat dome’ hovering above B.C., Alberta and territories

British Columbia and northern Alberta are experiencing temperatures expected to shatter records over the next few days

People out and about wear masks to protect themselves from COVID-19 while on the streets in downtown in Victoria, Friday, May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People dance at English Bay Beach amidst the heat, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. cities prepare for the heat as record-high temperatures loom

Ad hoc network of organizations, municipal governments and health agencies doing what they can

People dance at English Bay Beach amidst the heat, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A man relaxes under a tree in a park in Montreal, Thursday, July 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Record-breakingly hot temperatures forecast for B.C. this weekend

An ‘exceptionally strong’ ridge of high pressure building Friday to Tuesday could leave parts of the province dangerously warm

A man relaxes under a tree in a park in Montreal, Thursday, July 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning with temperatures expected to reach as high as 37 C in the coming days on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heat warning issued for most of Vancouver Island

Forecast calls for temperatures to reach 37 C in the next few days

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning with temperatures expected to reach as high as 37 C in the coming days on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)
Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. study probes if more time in the shade as a child prevents skin cancer in adulthood

Researchers will install shade structures outside and track preschool-age children for six months while they play

Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)

Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
The snow pack levels for the province were slightly above normal, according to the June 1 measurements. (Contributed)

British Columbia’s June snow measurements slightly above normal

BC River Forecast Centre has compiled data from around the province

The snow pack levels for the province were slightly above normal, according to the June 1 measurements. (Contributed)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

Not much optimism from B.C.’s wildfire risk watchers

Significant lack of rainfall this year has southern Interior communities bracing for a rough season

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Sunny day in May at the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Far less rainfall, but lower maximum temperatures in May for the region

More days of sunshine and drier weather throughout the month

Sunny day in May at the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
People walk in Lake Ontario on a warm sunny day at Woodbine Beach during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Warm, dry summer expected across much of Canada, Weather Network predicts

Forest fires in B.C. is higher than normal, with higher temperatures and less precipitation

People walk in Lake Ontario on a warm sunny day at Woodbine Beach during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Colourful spring flowers and trees bloom as people visit the arboretum in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Experts say higher than normal pollen levels have led to a snifflier allergy season in parts of Canada this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

High pollen levels to blame for worse allergy season, experts say

Reports of runnier noses and itchier throats aren’t just anecdotal — they’re borne out by the numbers

Colourful spring flowers and trees bloom as people visit the arboretum in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Experts say higher than normal pollen levels have led to a snifflier allergy season in parts of Canada this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A forest fire burns late into the evening northeast of Prince Albert, Sask., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Fire conditions for Western Canada are a concern as the summer approaches, but everything depends on what kind of weather the next few months bring, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

Dry spring can create wildfire trouble for Western Canada, experts say

‘It just doesn’t depend on June,’ says one expert

A forest fire burns late into the evening northeast of Prince Albert, Sask., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Fire conditions for Western Canada are a concern as the summer approaches, but everything depends on what kind of weather the next few months bring, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
Meteorologist Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre provides an update on Hurricane Dorian in Dartmouth, N.S., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

VIDEO: Top meteorologist predicts active hurricane season in Canada

An average of four named storms enter the Canadian Hurricane Centre’s response zone every year

Meteorologist Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre provides an update on Hurricane Dorian in Dartmouth, N.S., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Bright blossoms provide quite a contrast against a bright blue sky in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Long dry spell in April unlikely to be duplicated in May

More sporadic weather to occur around the Island for the next several weeks

Bright blossoms provide quite a contrast against a bright blue sky in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kate Abraham’s temperature quilt dwarfs her when it’s all spread out. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Gauging the temperature in Saltair through quilting

Abraham’s work presents a pattern of daily highs and lows throughout 2020

Kate Abraham’s temperature quilt dwarfs her when it’s all spread out. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Bright cherry blossoms surround Emily Weeks, the managing director of the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce, in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pre-summer weather warms up the region

But don’t expect the trend to continue, with another late arrival of full summer likely

Bright cherry blossoms surround Emily Weeks, the managing director of the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce, in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Crofton Seawalk provides a great experience at any time of the year, like this March day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island’s March turns out to be a lot drier than original forecasts

Rainfall total falls far below the normal amid frequent sunshine

Crofton Seawalk provides a great experience at any time of the year, like this March day. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Crofton Seawalk provides a great experience at any time of the year, like this March day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

March turns out to be a lot drier than original forecasts

Rainfall total falls far below the normal amid frequent sunshine

Crofton Seawalk provides a great experience at any time of the year, like this March day. (Photo by Don Bodger)