Bundle up: Hamilton under cold weather alert Friday and Saturday

Published January 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm

It’s going to be another very chilly couple of days in Hamilton, causing the city’s chief medical officer to issue a cold weather alert.

It’s effective Friday afternoon and is expected to last into Saturday (Jan. 15).

Cold weather alerts are issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with the wind chill.

Temperatures are expected to reach minus 20 Friday afternoon with the wind chill.

“Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Wind always makes it feel colder and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia,” warned the City of Hamilton. “During extreme cold weather conditions, please call, visit, or check on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours.”

The City says it has notified community agencies who work with people that are vulnerable and experiencing homelessness.

Bennetto Recreation Centre on Hughson St. North will be available as a warming centre for the duration of a cold alert.

In addition, the following City of Hamilton recreation centres will be available as warming centres from 12 to 7 p.m. during the alert:

  • Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre, 150 Violet Dr
  • Huntington Park Recreation Centre, 87 Brentwood Dr
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre, 192 Wentworth St North
  • Westmount Recreation Centre, 35 Lynbrook Dr

Select community partner agencies are offering warm places as a drop-in during cold alerts:

  • The Hub, 78 Vine St
  • Wesley Day Centre, 52 Catherine St North,

For information can be found by visiting www.hamilton.ca/cold.

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