Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for the Fraser Valley as part of a hot stretch of weather that is expected to last until Thursday.
Starting this summer, the Province now classifies heat events into two levels:
- Level One – Heat Warning, when conditions are very hot and there is a moderate risk to public health, and
- Level Two – Extreme Heat Emergency, when conditions are dangerously hot and have a very high risk to public health.
During periods of hot weather, it is important to be prepared with personal heat plans. See PreparedBC’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide for basic readiness steps and tips on how to get started.
Tips for Keeping Cool and Healthy
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- If you have a window air conditioner, place it in a room you can close off from the rest of your home. This room can be your cooling-off space and try to stay in there as much as possible during the hottest parts of the day.
- Schedule outdoor activities and exercise only during the coolest time of the day (avoid between 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. as temperatures and sun are at their highest.
- Ask a friend, loved one, or neighbour to check in with you.
- Keep a close eye on the infants and children in your care.
- Take cool or tepid baths, foot baths, and showers.
- Wear a wet shirt or apply damp towels to your skin.
- Keep your home cooler by shading the windows from the outside using awnings or shutters or from the inside using curtains or blinds or even cardboard.
- Visit one of Mission’s Cooling Centres, as noted in the section below.
- Stay with friends or family who have air conditioning or a basement.
When temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius, the following locations in our community are available to cool off in an air-conditioned space and/or to access water:
Mission Public Library
33247 2nd Avenue
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Mission Leisure Centre
7650 Grand Street
Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mission Friendship Centre
33150 1st Avenue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Haven in the Hollow
32646 Logan Avenue
Open 24/7 for unhoused population
33129 N Railway Avenue
Water station only
Stay Alert to Fire
- BC Wildfire Service is asking travelers and residents to be prepared for risk of wildfire over the long weekend, to have an emergency plan, and to stay informed as conditions change. Download Alertable to receive alerts.
- Stay alert to fire risks in the community, and report all fires.
- Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide
- Beat the heat: Tips for keeping cool
- Fraser Health: Sun and heat safety
- Tips for pets
If you have questions, please contact 604-820-3788.