Here’s where you can cool off during Hamilton’s heat wave


Published June 1, 2023 at 1:23 pm


If you’re in need of places to cool off during Hamilton’s heat wave, the City and some community agencies are offering residents “cool places” to visit to seek relief from today’s high temperatures. These locations have a “Cool Down Here” sign at the entrance.

Regularly scheduled open swims at all City of Hamilton indoor pools will be free of charge, the City added.

The heat warning for Hamilton is in effect today (June 1). Daytime temperatures are expected to hover around 30 C through Friday.

The City recommended residents take precautions, noting that signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. If experiencing symptoms, seek help immediately, or call 911.

The city provided tips for reducing the risk of heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
  • Go to an air-conditioned place, such as the city’s designated cool place.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella and use sunscreen.
  • Limit physical activities during the day. If you’re doing activities at dawn or dusk, protect yourself with insect repellant.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Keep your living space cool by closing your blinds or curtains, and opening windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Check on your neighbours and family.

For tips on coping with the heat and places to cool off, visit or call 905-546-2489.

The City’s medical officer of health announced Wednesday plans for the heat warning, which stays in effect until it is cancelled or escalated to an “extended heat warning.”

Daytime highs in Hamilton are forecast to be about 30 C today (May 31) through Friday. Overnight low temperatures tonight are expected to be near 15 C, which is below heat warning criteria, according to the city. Thursday will have overnight temperatures in the high teens. Temperatures will cool down Saturday.


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