Cooling centres opened as prolonged heat wave begins in B.C.

A sweltering and protracted heat wave is expected to arrive Sunday and could last for the rest of the week across much of British Columbia.

Officials have warned residents to prepare for temperatures into the high 30s in the province’s south.

Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma has said British Columbians should take precautions to avoid the heat, drink water and limit outdoor activity —  including by going to cooling centres, if possible.

Environment Canada is predicting temperatures as high as 38 C by Wednesday in Kamloops, while in Port Alberni temperatures are expected to remain in the low-to-mid 30s all week.

The weather office issued heat warnings Saturday along the southern coast, forecasting

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