Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops will open the concourse at Sandman Centre to provide residents with temporary relief from the predicted record-breaking temperatures. Sandman Centre will be open as a cooling centre on Friday, June 25, 10:00 am–7:00 pm, and will operate daily until the end of the heat event. In accordance with current public health orders, the capacity of the cooling centre will be limited to 50 people at a time, and people will be required to wear masks and practise physical distancing while inside the facility.
In addition to the cooling centre, the City is working with community partners to ensure bottled water is available for distribution to people at risk for heat-related illnesses. Community Service Officers will be watching for signs of heat-related illness and distributing water during their patrols, and they will encourage people to find reprieve from the heat wherever possible. City spray parks are open 10:00 am–8:00 pm daily. Residents are reminded to use caution around the river, as the water is still high and is moving quickly.
In the Interior Health region, a heat warning is issued when daytime temperatures are above 35°C for two consecutive days and overnight temperatures remain above 18°C. These continued high temperatures put many vulnerable populations at risk of heat-related illnesses, including the elderly, infants and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illness, and people experiencing homelessness. Residents are encouraged to check on neighbours and loved ones who may be unable to leave their homes or whose judgement may be impaired.
For tips to beat the heat as well as symptoms and treatment for heat-related illness, visit InteriorHealth.ca.