Cold alert issued for Hamilton as temperatures set to plunge overnight


Published January 20, 2022 at 10:25 am

A cold weather alert has been issued for the City of Hamilton for Thursday night (Jan. 20) as temperatures are expected to dip into the minus-20s.

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health issues these alerts when weather conditions dip below -15 degrees Celsius of -20 with wind chill.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures in Hamilton are expected to dip to -17 Thursday evening and into Friday morning. With the wind chill, the weather agency said temperatures will feel more like -21.

While things will warm up slightly to -10 Friday morning, with the wind chill, temperatures are expected to still feel more like -21.

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued by the City’s MoH.

Where to get warm

During a Cold Alert, select rec centres will be available as community warming centres for those who need to keep warm.

Bennetto Recreation Centre (450 Hughson St. N, Hamilton, ON) will be available as a warming centre overnight from 5 pm to 12 noon during a Cold Alert.

In addition, the following City of Hamilton Recreation Centres will be available as warming centres from 12 noon to 7 pm during a Cold Alert:

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

Select community partner agencies are offering warm places or extended hours of operation as drop-in sites during cold alerts:

  • The Hub 78 Vine Street, Hamilton(at Vine and Park) Regular hours of operation: Daily from 5 pm to 9 pm Cold Alert Extended hours of operation 11 pm – 5 am
  • Wesley Day Centre 52 Catherine Street North, Hamilton. Extended Hours of operation during Cold Alert:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm & 5 pm to midnight
    Saturday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm & 7 pm to midnight
    Sunday 1 to 5 pm & 7 pm to midnight

To protect residents, COVID-19 precautions will be in place for all sites. Learn more about the Community Cold Response and access a complete list of drop-in locations and hours of operation the City’s website.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0.

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