Warming Centres Open in St. Catharines

Posted Dec 29th, 2017 in Municipal, st. catharines, Weather

Warming Centres Open in St. Catharines

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The City is designating Market Square and the Russell Avenue Community Centre as warming centres, places residents can go to warm up for the duration of the exceptionally cold temperatures.

The City of St. Catharines is setting up additional warming centres to welcome anyone who needs a place to keep warm and escape the winter weather elements during the current cold snap that’s expected to extend over the weekend.

The City is designating Market Square and the Russell Avenue Community Centre as warming centres, places residents can go to warm up for the duration of the exceptionally cold temperatures. 

Market Square – 91 King St.
Thursday, Dec. 28 – open until 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29 – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30 – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31 – 7:30 am to 6 p.m. 

Russell Avenue Community Centre – 108 Russell Ave.
Thursday, Dec. 28 – open until 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents who need to get out of the cold are also welcome to warm up at City Hall (50 Church St.), St. Catharines Public Library Central Branch (54 Church St.), the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (425 Carlton St.), the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre (240 St. Paul St. W.) and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre (1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.) and other City community centers during business hours. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Cold for operating hours and more information. City community centres close at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. City facilities are closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

The warming centres will be available for the duration of the current cold snap. The City will monitor weather forecasts and extend the availability of warming centres as needed.

Residents are encouraged to check in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those who may be vulnerable to cold-weather related illnesses.

The health risks of exposure to exceptionally cold temperatures include frostbite and hypothermia. Protect your health by staying inside heated buildings as much as possible. If you need to go outside, wear appropriate clothing, cover as much exposed skin as possible and limit your time outside.

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