VANCOUVER: Special weather alerts and warnings have been posted for most areas of British Columbia as a heat wave moves into the province.

Environment Canada says sun and very warm air are in the forecast for the next few days as a strong ridge of high pressure envelops B.C.

It says temperatures will jump about 12 to 14 degrees above average for the middle of June.

Highs are expected to reach the low 30s in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, while in the Interior, temperatures are expected to hit about 35 C.

Heat warnings have also been issued for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Fort Nelson, and the Cariboo and Peace River regions.

Environment Canada says the heat risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults and people with chronic illnesses or those working outdoors.

The Canadian Press