The City of Penticton is opening up cooling centres throughout the city during this heat wave that will see temperatures reach 38 C. The city is extending hours of operation at several civic facilities starting Tuesday.
“We want to ensure everyone is safe during this period and providing cooling centres is a way to help residents and visitors beat the heat,” said Anthony Haddad, the director of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre. “We’re extending the hours at civic facilities to assist people who need a place to cool down.”
Bylaw enforcement and community safety officers will be carrying water for those in need, and other community organizations are also stepping up to offer support.
Several outreach organizations including the Soupateria are offering support.
The extended hours at city facilities are:
South Okanagan Events Centre (835 Eckhart Avenue) will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Penticton Community Centre (325 Power Street) will be open between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Penticton Public Library auditorium and lobby (785 Main Street) will be open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre (2965 Main Street) will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Water will be available at these locations as well.
Residents and visitors who may have questions about available resources can call 250-490-2400 or visit penticton.ca/beat-the-heat to find places to stay cool, access water, prepare for the heat or care for pets.
The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre if further response is required.