Opening up locations where the air is cool for those who do not live in air conditioned housing.

graphic community 2By Staff

June 7th, 2021



The Region put out a heat alert and then extended it for an additional day. When the Region announces a heat wave the municipalities open up locations that are cool.

When temperatures are expected to be at least 31°C and overnight temperatures are above 20°C for 2 days or the humidex is at least 40°C for 2 days a heat alert is issued.

It is that time of year again – this time however there are people who are going to be more hard hit than when circumstances are normal.

egg on sidewalk

One way news people tell the hot weather story is to ask if it is hot enough to fry an egg on a sidewalk. We aren’t there yet – but it is very uncomfortable for those in locations without conditioned air.

The malls in the past have been open – they became a place people could go to to walk around in, a cool location.

Burlington will open Central Arena’s Auditorium located at 519 Drury Lane as a Cooling Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the heat warning.

Community members can use the facility for 1-hour increments and will be screened for COVID-19 when they arrive.

Measures will be in place to ensure physical distancing. Visitors must wear a non-medical face covering in the Cooling Centre. Please stay home if you are ill and always practice physical distancing (2m)

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1 comment to City Opens Central Arena as a Cooling Centre during heat warnings

  • Helen Donohoe

    Families in greatest need of a place to stay cool – no air conditioning at home – will also need a family space so that their children can continue as best they can to stay with their online class, bringing with them a portable device such as an ipad. Otherwise they will miss instruction. They will need more than one hour in the cooling location. Where is the equity in all of this? Will there be free wifi for these families in the cool locations and a quiet spot to work? It is somewhat counter-productive to bring a heat-generating device to a place meant for cooling off. Yet again we are failing our children in a province that places patios over pupils.