Here’s how Oakville residents can keep cool, find shelter from scorching heat

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Published July 19, 2022 at 4:30 pm

To help Oakville residents combat the heat, the town will open some facilities during regional heat warning/alerts. PEXELS PHOTO

With a weather warning in place by Environment Canada, Oakville residents are looking for ways to keep cool in these scorching temperatures.

It won’t get much better soon with the hot and humid conditions expected to continue over Tuesday night and into through Wednesday (July 19-20).

Temperatures will sizzle at near 31 degrees Celsius with humidex values expected to be in the upper 30s.

Residents are reminded to visit the Government of Canada’s Weather Office website for updates and stay out of the heat as much as possible.

As well, keep an eye on symptoms of heat like dizziness, fainting, nausea and vomiting and rapid breathing. Hot weather conditions can be dangerous for certain segments of the population like the elderly.

Here’s what local residents can do if they need to cool down:

Cooling centres

To help residents combat the heat, the town will open some facilities during regional heat warning/alerts (when there’s a heat warning of temperatures above 31 degrees Celsius). This facility will offer an air-conditioned space for people to rest and grab a cool drink of water. Facilities will be available during our hours of operation only.

Locations

  • Glen Abbey Community Centre
  • River Oaks Community Centre
  • Sixteen Mile Sports Complex
  • Trafalgar Park Community Centre
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
  • Iroquois Ridge Community Centre
  • Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre
  • Oakville Public Library branches

During heat alerts and warm weather, the following is recommended:

  • Drink lots of water (avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages)
  • Check regularly on children, neighbours, the elderly, persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place (if possible) and only go outdoors during the coolest part of the day
  • Limit outdoor exercise
  • Avoid the sun by wearing loose-fitting clothing, hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going outside.

For more information about heat and smog alerts, visit the Halton Region website.

 

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