A heat warning is in effect this weekend for the City of Hamilton

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Published September 2, 2023 at 7:31 pm

A heat event is expected, beginning Sunday (Sept. 3) and possibly extending into Wednesday for some areas.

According to Environment Canada, over the next 3 to 5 days the humidex values are anticipated to reach 34.

“A hot air mass will impact the region. While overnight temperatures may dip below warning levels in certain places. The humidex and daytime highs will be unusually elevated for early September,” the statement noted.

Local community agencies are joining efforts to address the heat by providing designated “cool places” accessible at all stages of a heat event. Residents can look for “Cool Down Here” signs at the entrances to identify the participating locations.

In response to the heatwave, regularly scheduled Open Swims at all City of Hamilton indoor pools will be free of charge to visitors.

On Monday, Sept. 4, due to the Labour Day holiday, the following closures and exceptions will be in effect:

  • All City-operated recreation centres will be closed, except for Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and and Westmount Recreation Centre, which will be operating as cooling centres. Hours of operation will be 11 am to 7 pm.
  • All Hamilton Public Library Branches will be closed for Labour Day, except for the Central Branch, which will open as a cooling center from 12 pm to 5 pm.
  • Wading pools, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park, concluded their season on August 25. Dundas Driving Park wading pool will maintain regular hours from 12 pm to 7 pm, with the final day of operation for the season on Labour Day.
  • All City of Hamilton outdoor pools will close for the season starting Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health says, “The heat warning will stay in effect until they are cancelled or escalated to an extended heat warning.”

In order to reduce the risk of heat-related illness, individuals are advised to follow some of these tips:

  • Stay hydrated with water (avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages).
  • Go to a place with working air-conditioning.
  • Wear clothing that will protect you from the heat. Something that is lightweight, breathable and comfortable.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Limit physical activity that is strenuous.
  • Keep your living area cool by closing blinds and curtains.
  • Do not leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
  • Check on your neighbours and family.

Residents are cautioned to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion should they feel  any of these symptoms: heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting—in which case they should dial 9-1-1.

Relief from the heat is expected on Wednesday with the passage of a cold front.

For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/heat

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