When faced with heat events in Abbotsford during the summer, it’s important we all stay safe. Following a few key tips will help ensure you and your family members stay healthy and cooled down during a summer heat wave, sometimes referred to as extreme heat.
In B.C. there are two types of heat alerts, Heat Warning (stage 1) and Extreme Heat Emergency (stage 2). Heat alerts are issued through the BC Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS) using the national “Alert Ready” system to broadcast warnings on mobile devices, radio and television.
- Heat Warning: Daytime and overnight temperatures are higher than seasonal norms and holding steady
- Extreme Heat Emergency: Daytime and overnight temperatures are higher than seasonal norms and getting hotter every day
Extreme heat events (or 'heat waves') are complex health emergencies. The more protective measures you take, the safer you'll be – especially important if you have one or more risk factors. For more information on heat-related illness, please call BC HealthLink at 811, or visit preparedbc.ca/ExtremeHeat.
Heat Warning (Stage 1)
A Heat Warning (Stage 1) means daytime and overnight temperatures are higher than usual, but they are not getting hotter every day. In Abbotsford, this means a daytime high of 33 C and an overnight low of 17 C for two or more consecutive days. When a Heat Warning is issued by BC Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS) residents can follow the below tips for staying safe during a heat event.
Extreme Heat Emergency (Stage 2)
An Extreme Heat Emergency (Stage 2) alert means the daytime and overnight temperatures are higher than usual, and they are getting hotter for three or more consecutive days. In Abbotsford, this means the average high temperature is predicted to reach 36 C or higher. When an Extreme Heat Alert is issued, it means it is time to activate your emergency plan.
If you require emergency services, call 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance assistance.
Resources & Links
The links below also provide specific information on dealing with heat.