Cooling centres and misting stations are open across Delta as temperatures hover around 30 C.
Environment Canada has issued a heat alert for Delta, with daytime temperatures of 29-35 C inland and around 27 C closer to the water Tuesday through Thursday (Aug. 16-18).
In North Delta, Sungod Recreation Centre (7815 112th St.), North Delta Recreation Centre (11415 84th Ave.), Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre (11760 88th Ave.) and the George Mackie Library (8440 112th St.) are all serving as local cooling centres, offering air conditioning and bottled water to anyone in need.
Sungod is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, while NDRC is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Kennedy, meanwhile, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the Mackie is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
As well, misting tents have been set up at Delview Park and Deltassist Family and Community Services (located at 9097 Scott Rd.), with water and heat response supplies available. The Delview location will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Deltassist will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both misting tents are pet friendly.
Meantime, Options Community Services’ mobile outreach team will be operating in the city from 8 a.m to 4 p.m., offering outreach services, water and heat response supplies, as well as limited transportation services. To access mobile services, call 604-765-6751.
Residents can also cool down at the North Delta Outdoor Pool, located at the North Delta Recreation Centre, or at the Annieville Lions Water Park (9150 112th St.). The outdoor pool 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (plus from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday) and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the water park runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Stage 1 of the city’s Heat Response Plan includes disseminating information about how to stay safe in the heat — available at delta.ca/beattheheat — and a list of air-conditioned facilities where residents can cool off. As well, the city is staffing its Beat the Heat hotline: 604-946-3200.
If heat warning criteria continues for an extended period — where there is a substantive increase in temperatures over three or more consecutive days— the City of Delta will activate Stage 2 of its plan and issue an Extreme Heat Emergency alert.
At that point, three of Delta’s cooling centres (Kennedy and McKee seniors’ recreation centres and KinVillage Community Centre) and the Beat the Heat hotline will transition to 24/7 operations, with seniors busses available to transport residents to air-conditioned facilities.