A Heat Warning is in effect for Hamilton, lasting from Tuesday through Friday.
The city says it may be the longest heat wave of the summer so far.
Temperatures will be between 30 and 40 degrees.
Friday night showers and thunderstorms could provide some relief from the heat and humidity.
The City of Hamilton and participating community agencies are responding to the heat by offering “cool places” to go to during all stages of a heat event.
They can be identified by a “Cool Down Here” sign at their entrances, along with a heat meter sign, which indicates which stage we are at.
As part of the heat response plan, free admission will be available for all public swims, family swims, adult swims and seniors swims at all indoor and outdoor pools.
Schedules can be found here.
Supie programs will operate for the morning only, Monday through Thursday.
There are many spray pads, additional cool places, and outdoor pools available across Hamilton.
The Salvation Army has launched its mobile water distribution response and is distributing water to citizens in need of hydration.
Risk of heat-related illness can be reduced by following these recommendations, provided by the city:
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
- Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other City run air-conditioned facilities, etc.
- Dress to protect from the heat. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen.
- Take it easy. Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellent as mosquitoes are more active at such times. Check labels to apply. Cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.
- Keep your living space cool. Close your blinds or curtains. When the temperature is cooler outside than inside; open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.
Check on your neighbours and family.
For tips on coping with the heat and places where to cool off, the public can contact 905-546-CITY (2489) Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
(with files provided by the City of Hamilton via media release)