06/25/2015 03:23 EDT | Updated 06/25/2016 05:59 EDT

Vancouver heat wave to persist through Canada Day

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver with temperatures expected to rise dramatically over the weekend.

The statement warns of an increased risk of heat-related illnesses as a heat wave hits the region.

Temperatures are expected to be highest on Saturday and Sunday afternoon with the mercury hitting the low 30s along the South Coast.

A chance of thunderstorms on Sunday evening could bring some relief, but the hot weather is expected to continue through Canada Day.

In the Interior, temperatures over 40 degrees are anticipated.

The City of Vancouver has installed temporary water stations at various locations to help people stay hydrated, and have released a map of all the water fountains across the city.

The temporary stations can be found at:

- Granville and 70th Avenue

- Ontario and 1st Avenue

- Montgomery and 45th Avenue

- Commercial and Broadway

- Beatty and Dunsmuir

- E. Hastings and Heatley