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LETTER: Parksville Qualicum Beach residents need to be prepared when it comes to the heat

Today there’s a slight breeze

Today there’s a slight breeze

I hope I don’t freeze

Oh where the devil

Did I store that snow shovel?

At this point in time, I wouldn’t be adverse to shoveling a little snow. The heat wave that we’ve experienced was unprecedented and records, as you know, were broken across the country. We got awful close to plus 40 C, which is a little scary.

We’re breaking records like never before.

COVID-19 has kept us indoors for the past year and a half, and now, this heatwave is doing the same. I don’t remember what normal looks like anymore.

Thank God we still have ice cream, ice-cold beer, air conditioning and cold showers.

The biggest concern is in letting our guard down by not being cautious enough during these intense days.

I’m seeing way too many people not wearing hats, sunglasses, or suntan lotion. Also, a lot of people were caught unawares by not having sufficient fans or portable air conditioners, and not nearly enough people kept properly hydrated.

This weather phenomenon will certainly happen a lot more frequently in future. Are we prepared for it? How many of us are planning for next time? And are we checking on our elderly neighbors enough?

Now is the time to purchase fans and somehow find ways to finance at least a small portable air conditioner. How about arranging to fix those pesky outdoor water hoses or replacing old worn-out watering systems, instead of trying to do so during a heatwave?

For those of you who are unaware, hundreds people died in B.C. because of the recent five-day heatwave, which is truly tragic.

Yes, there will be a next time…

Ron Gobeil


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