Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a heat warning for the Durham area, and Oshawa offers several ways to stay cool.
The heat event is expected to continue through Tuesday, July 6, with temperatures expected to hit the low 30C.
Cooling centers operate from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Delpark Homes Center, 1661 Harmony Rd. N., City Hall, 50 Center St. S. and South Oshawa Community Center, 1455 Cedar St. Washrooms and drinking water are available.
Splash Pads and Camp Samac will extend operating hours until 9:00 p.m. City officials monitor activities and clean and disinfect touch points with each visit.
Lakeview Park Beach (weather permitting) extends supervisory hours until sunset on Tuesday, July 6th. Access to the beach is monitored and controlled between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. swimming in designated swimming areas and only under supervision.
The locations of the playground program Coldstream Park and Mount Joy Park will not open in the afternoons due to a lack of shade.
Please respect the signs that indicate capacity and physical distance.
Learn more about cooling centers and options to beat the heat at Oshawa.ca/StayCool.
The Durham Area Department of Health advises protective measures you can take to weather the heat:
If you go outdoors, drink plenty of water, find shade, and wear light, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses, and a hat. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Or try postponing or planning outdoor activities during cooler times of the day.
Never leave people or pets in a parked car. Outside temperatures of 23 ° C can become dangerously hot inside the vehicle, with temperatures inside the vehicle exceeding 50 ° C / 122 ° F, which can lead to serious illness and death. Anyone who at any time sees a person or pet unattended in a hot vehicle should call 911 immediately.
There are ways to keep a house cool without air conditioning. Close curtains or blinds during the day, open windows in the evening to cool the house, and use a fan.
Anyone who works or exercises outdoors takes extra breaks, drinks plenty of water, and wears less equipment when possible.
Durham area field workers are actively patrolling the city to refer people who have no shelter or need assistance to resources in the community. If you see or know someone in need of immediate shelter, call 911 or visit the Durham Area Emergency Shelter website or the city’s Emergency Shelter website at Oshawa.ca/Unsheltered.