Heat warning on for Brampton as city opens cooling shelters

Published July 4, 2023 at 10:05 am

Residents are being warned to take precautions as a heat wave could make it feel like more than 40° C in Brampton over the next few days.

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto and much of the GTA on Tuesday (July 4), saying temperatures are expected to soar.

Tuesday’s high will be 30° C but will feel more like 38° C with the humidex and a UV Index of 8 or “very high.” There’s also a 30 percent chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and stretching into the evening.

Those high temperatures are expected to stick around until Thursday when the mercury will drop slightly to a high of 26° C with more rain expected to round out the workweek.

The heat and deteriorating air quality have Environment Canada warning against any extraneous physical activity, saying children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors are at an elevated risk of heat-related illness or injury.

Watch for symptoms like swelling, rashes, cramps, fainting, exhaustion and heat stroke.

Environment Canada says to be prepared for the heat and drink lots of water, and never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

The City of Brampton also has ways for you to take a break from the heat and keep cool when temperatures rise, like taking in one of the City’s splash pads, pools or cooling centres.

Heat Relief Stations

The City has opened heat relief stations in all public access buildings until further notice during regular business hours, including Brampton Civic Centre, City Hall, recreation centres and libraries.

Splash pads and wading pools

Splash pads in Brampton are now open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day, weather permitting, with over a dozen splash pads across the city.

For more information on splash pads and pools click here.

Tips to stay cool

Residents are encouraged to restrict outdoor activity, stay out of the sun when possible, drink lots of water and take shelter in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

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