In the wake of an extreme heat wave that promises record-breaking temperatures across the Fraser Valley, the District of Kent will open a cooling centre.
The Agassiz Agricultural Hall at 6800 Pioneer Avenue will act as a cooling centre of residents looking to find relief from the high temperatures. The cooling centre will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26 to Monday, June 28.
Due to current public health regulations, there will be a limit to the number of people allowed inside at a time and masks and physical distancing are still required.
District officials stressed the importance of staying hydrated, staying in the shade and checking on older family members, friends and neighbours as well as pets. Watch for symptoms of heat illness such as dizziness or fainting, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat and extreme thirst.
“We encourage residents to be safe and responsible during the heat wave and to follow the advice of Fraser Health,” said Mayor Sylvia Pranger. “The cooling centre will offer some relief to our most vulnerable residents.”
The Ferny Coombe Pool is another option for cooling. Registration for pool time is available through kentbc.ca/rec from 10:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.