For the second time this summer, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is opening the doors of two cooling centres.
On Wednesday and Thursday, high temperatures are predicted for much of B.C. Environment Canada has issued a heat warning that includes the Sunshine Coast, as daytime temperatures of 29 to 35 degrees inland and around 27 degrees near the water were anticipated. Those temperatures are expected to moderate on Friday.
Such high heat can pose health risks to people of all ages, causing exhaustion, heat stroke and worsening existing health conditions.
Starting Wednesday, Aug. 17, the public can find relief from the heat at:
The Gibsons & Area Community Centre (700 Park Road) in the main lobby, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Sechelt Aquatic Centre (5500 Shorncliffe Avenue) near the swimming pool viewing area, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Town of Gibsons also recommends the Sunnycrest Mall (900 Gibsons Way) and the Gibsons & District Public Library as two public locations that have air conditioning.
In an Aug. 16 press release, the SCRD asks the community to "be mindful of their water use during this hot weather and dry spell to ensure that SCRD infrastructure can meet the demands of the community." Stage 2 water conservation regulations are in place for both the Chapman and South Pender water systems. Gibsons is also operating under Stage 2 restrictions.