SASKATOON – A heat warning is in effect for the city of Saskatoon and surrounding areas, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees Wednesday and Thursday.
While many people have been anxiously awaiting the heat, just like the cold, it can be extremely dangerous.
“People need a place to cool off. Sometimes we take this for granted. We can go into our homes or our office or our car, so if you have nowhere to go then it becomes a problem, ”said Major Judy Regamey of the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is one of the city’s many salvage locations.
People can come in, sit down, take advantage of the air conditioning and have a bottle of water.
“When it’s really hot, people know it’s a place to cool off. So we expect to see a significant number of people pass over the next few days, ”said Regamey.
The Lighthouse Supported Living is another place to get out of the heat.
Ashley Peters, frontline manager at the lighthouse, said staff are handing out bottled water, but COVID-19 restrictions and spacing requirements limit the services they can provide.
“There is not much we can do, especially in shelters operating at half capacity, it is even more difficult to accommodate people who need this help. And then it’s hard when all of our beds are full and we have to turn someone away and try to find other resources and the only other resources are also full, ”Peters told CTV News.
The city’s Emergency Management Organization (EMO) shared a list of cooling locations in the city as part of its response to the heat, including the Salvation Army and the Lighthouse, which are open 24 hours a day. hours a day, 7 days a week.
Organizations like OUTSaskatoon, Prairie Harm Reduction and Friendship Inn are also open to people during the day, Monday through Friday.
There is also free access to the City’s jet parks and wading pools.
Pamela Goulden-McLeod, director of EMO, said more cooling locations could be added as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed in the coming months.
“What we’re realizing is that people experiencing homelessness, whether it’s a family or an individual, really need options during this extreme heat,” he said. she declared.
“We will continue with this strategy and of course adjust according to the COVID public health orders and what is happening with them. So it could impact our ability to open up and involve more people in these chilling places as well as partners like the Saskatoon Public Library. “
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, a high pressure ridge is heading towards Saskatchewan and other parts of the Prairies, bringing temperatures of up to 36 ° C Thursday in Saskatoon.
“We know that our temperatures can drop from plus 40 to minus 40, so in order to be able to live here your body has to adapt and I think because it’s a bit early in the season and it just snowed A few weeks ago, I didn’t ‘I think our bodies are quite acclimatized to it yet,’ said Terri Lang, meteorologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada.
That’s why Lang said it’s important that people don’t overdo it in hot weather, whether they do things in the morning or in the evening when temperatures aren’t at their peak, wear sunscreen. and stay hydrated.
She said temperatures are expected to drop to around 30C on Friday and then drop to 20C this weekend.