Cooling Center Opens in Kamloops as Temperatures Hit 35C Threshold

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For the first time this summer, the Kamloops City Cooling Center opened.

With temperatures hitting 40 degrees on Thursday, staff will be welcoming people in need of a respite from the heat all week.

“We are going to activate our cooling center according to Environment Canada, so when they issue a heat warning, we will activate it,” said Linda Stride, recreation, health and wellness supervisor. “The heat warning is considered in southeastern British Columbia when we have 35°C during the day and cool to no less than 18°C ​​at night for two consecutive days.”

The heat dome, which saw temperatures reach nearly 47C at the airport, prompted the city to take action and organize with the cooling center.

There’s everything from water, sunscreen, books and games to play – and there’s no time limit from noon to 8 p.m.

“We have a place where people can just come in and relax,” Stride said. “There are things at home that you want to do but can’t do because it’s too hot, so puzzles and coloring books and cards and things like that. We had none of that last year. A space where people can bring their pets.

There are plenty of other ways to stay cool this week – with four spray parks around the city and Brock’s outdoor pool, among other places people will frequent.

“I’m going to do a lot of swimming, definitely a lot of popsicles and ice cream. I’m going to do the slip-n-slide,” said Kamloops resident Brynn Collins.

For Glover, the Sandman Center just might be her home away from home this week and the mercury is rising — just like last summer.

“When it was 40°C, we were here every day and I stayed here until past 4 p.m. Going home was out of the question. It was just too hot. I don’t think it’s going to be that hot this year, but if it is, I’m perfectly happy to stay here,” she said.

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