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Lower Mainland braces for hot weather, smoke – again

Weather advisories warn of potentially record-breaking temperatures

Beach goers enjoy Vancouver's English Bay on a smoggy morning, Aug. 9, 2017

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Beach goers enjoy Vancouver's English Bay on a smoggy morning, Aug. 9, 2017

It may be September but summer is not over – temperatures are expected to soar above 30 C in some parts of the Lower Mainland in the coming days.

Environment Canada has issued a hot weather advisory for the region, where temperatures are forecast to hit 33 degrees inland on Tuesday. Several records could be broken, says meteorologist Jennifer Hayes.

“We’re really close. They could be broken in the next couple of days.”

On top of that, residents may have to deal with smoky air for the third time this summer, due to wildfires in B.C.’s Interior and Washington State. But the smoke could also have a cooling effect on the temperature.

“[Tuesday] and Wednesday are probably our hottest days as long as we’re not covered by any smoke above us which could start to happen as the winds will start to bring a bit more smoke our way,” said Hayes.

People may experience increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath due to the smoke. Children, seniors, and those with lung or heart conditions are especially at risk.

The B.C. government is also urging those in the Lower Fraser region to conserve water as drought levels continue to increase. Authorities are asking business owners and residents to reduce their water consumption by 30 per cent.

Vancouver could reach a high of 27 C on Tuesday and 30 C on Wednesday, according to Environment Canada. Parts of the Fraser Valley could hit 34 C.

The hottest day in Vancouver so far this summer was Aug. 29, when temperatures reached 29.7 degrees, according to Environment Canada.

People can expect some relief from the smoke and heat Thursday, with a forecast of clouds and a chance of showers. That weather pattern is expected to continue into the weekend, according to Environment Canada.

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