Hamilton issues another cold alert as frigid temperatures set in


Published January 25, 2022 at 9:27 am

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health has issued another cold weather alert for Tuesday night (Jan. 25) as frigid temperatures are expected to set in yet again.

According to Environment Canada, Hamilton will see temperatures dip into the -20s degrees Celsius overnight Tuesday, which, with the wind chill, will feel like -24.

A Cold Weather Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15 degrees Celsius or – 20 degrees Celsius with wind chill.

Temperatures will remain quite frosty Wednesday and into Thursday morning but by the end of the week, things will warm up to at least the minus single digits, according to the weather agency.

The cold weather alert remains in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

During a cold alert, select local rec centres are 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

Learn more about the Community Cold Response and access a complete list of drop-in locations and hours of operation on the CIty of Hamilton 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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