07/02/2013 11:01 EDT

Vancouver Area Weather Reaches Record Temperatures In Several Communities


British Columbia weather observed a scorched-earth policy over the Canada Day long weekend, with one hotspot becoming the warmest in Canada.

Environment Canada noted record-high temperatures on Canada Day in Pitt Meadows (30.8 degrees Celsius), Squamish (31.1 degrees Celsius), Whistler (34.5 degrees Celsius), Blue River (34 degrees Celsius) and Sparwood (31.9 degrees Celsius), The Vancouver Sun reported.

Canada Day was particularly hot for Whistler, as the resort broke its warmest-day record of 31 degrees Celsius, set back in 1995.

The Interior town of Lytton was the hottest in Canada at 40.5 degrees, although that didn't even break the community's own hottest-day record of 41.7 degrees in 1942.

Abbotsford, meanwhile, broke temperature records on both Sunday and Monday, at 33.3 degrees and 29.5 degrees, respectively, The Province reported.

“We’ve peaked, and temperatures will be down a bit, but not by much,” Environment Canada forecaster John McIntyre told the newspaper, adding that the hot summer days have arrived earlier than usual.

“It’ll be sunny and warm all week, with another hot spell expected for next weekend.”

With the sun comes plenty of opportunities to hit the beach and work on your tan, and with that an increased risk of developing skin cancer, Metro News Vancouver reported.

Dr. Harvey Lui, the director of Vancouver General Hospital's Skin Care Centre, says that doctors don't want people to live in caves, just to protect their skin.

To that end, the Save Your Skin Foundation, the B.C. Cancer Agency and Environment Canada have collaborated on a mobile app, "UV Canada," that allows you to check weather forecasts and see the UV index, along with skin cancer prevention tips and other ways to protect yourself beneath the sun's rays.

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