Hope Secondary School will be open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Aug. 12 - 15, as a cooling centre for those needing to escape the extreme heat. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hope Secondary School will be open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Aug. 12 - 15, as a cooling centre for those needing to escape the extreme heat. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Cooling centre available in Hope for upcoming extreme heat alert

Locals can visit Hope Secondary from 11 til 6 to escape the heat

It doesn’t take hindsight to know we’re living through one of the hottest summers on record; so it almost comes without surprise that Environment Canada has issued another extreme heat warning for the Eastern Fraser Valley, as well as other areas of the province. But the District of Hope now has a plan going forward for these events.

People from Abbotsford all the way to Hope can expect “daytime highs ranging from 34- to 38 degrees Celsius … (and) overnight lows of 17- to 20 degrees Celsius,” read the Environment Canada Alert for the Fraser Valley.

“The duration of this heat wave is expected to last at least three days, and little relief is expected at night. These hotter than normal temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.”

And while there was no cooling location available during the last extreme heat warning, Hope’s prepared for this one.

Shortly after Environment Canada issued its Alert, the District of Hope had posted updated Extreme Heat information on its website, which includes a location for a place to cool down: Hope Secondary School, located at 444 Stuart Street, will be open from 11 a.m., until 6 p.m., from Thursday, Aug. 12, to Sunday, Aug. 15.

For more information on how to Beat the Heat, visit HealthlinkBC’s webpage at healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/beat-the-heat, which lists ways people can stay healthy during the extreme heat.


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