We are headed for the warmest weekend of the year so far, and the Canadian Cancer Society is recommending you take extra steps to protect your skin.
Environment Canada meteorologist Garry Dickinson says a strong ridge of high pressure is bringing the heat wave.
”The warmer temperatures will be inland, such as Surrey and Langley, they will get into the low 30′s, and area near the water like Vancouver and Richmond, they will get in to the mid 20′s.”
Julia Hayos with the Canadian Cancer Society says you should seek shade, wear protective clothing, and slap on the sunscreen.
”The UV Index indicates how strong the sun is, so basically when you are listening to the radio or looking online at the weather, you will see a rating, a number, any time the UV Index is higher than 3, you should be taking steps to protect yourself in the sun.”
Hayos says skin cancer is becoming more prevalent, with an estimated 970 new cases of melanoma and 140 deaths due to skin cancer in BC this year alone.
Meanwhile The BC Wildfire Management Branch says it’s recorded nearly 500 wildfires already this season.
Fire Information Officer Navi Saini says crews are currently battling 52 across BC, most notably a 5000 hectare blaze near Tumbler Ridge that prompted an evacuation order earlier this week.
She urges the public to be highly vigilant this weekend.
“The fire danger rating for the province is currently moderate to high, with several patches of extreme, and we only anticipate that will increase, so we will probably be in a high to extreme danger rating province wide.”
Two thirds of the fires have been human caused.