With extreme high temperatures locking in today, both health and Environment Canada experts say this will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Environment Canada says an exceptionally strong ridge of high pressure will build over Western Canada today and Saturday allowing hot air to invade Southern BC.

Over the South Coast, daily highs are expected to reach the high twenties near the water and up to the mid-thirties further inland.

Environment Canada says the highest temperatures are expected Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Several daily temperature records are likely to fall with the possibility of monthly records falling come the end of June.

A weak weather disturbance moving onshore Sunday evening will bring the chance of thunderstorms over the South Coast.

High cloud ahead of the system may decrease the temperatures slightly Sunday afternoon. A slight cooling trend will begin Monday however the unseasonably hot weather will persist through Canada day.

For more information on heat-related illness visit HTTP://WWW.HEALTHLINKBC.CA/HEALTHFILES/HFILE35.STM

For the latest temperature forecasts specific to your location, check out Environment Canada’s website at www.weather.gc.ca.