Hamilton under cold weather alert as temperatures plunge again ahead of weekend


Published January 28, 2022 at 10:17 am

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health has issued another cold weather alert on Friday (Jan. 28).

According to Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to hold steady Friday morning near -9 degrees Celsius but with wind chill, it will feel more like -14 and -19 in the afternoon.

Into the evening and overnight, the temperature is expected to dip down to -19, -28 with the wind chill.

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.

The alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

During a cold alert select Hamilton 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 – 7 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 9 pm
    Saturday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm & 7 pm to 9 pm
    Sunday 1 to 5 pm & 7 pm to 9 pm

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