Keep Cool This Summer

Manitoba summers are hot and can experience up to 16 hours of sunlight daily. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures and UV rays can have serious health implications including heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat stroke and sunburn. Prevention of dehydration is important.

The City of Winnipeg invites residents to access clean drinking water at hydration stations, and come in and cool off in civic facilities during regular operating hours, as high temperatures are forecasted over the next few days.

As a pilot project, the City is installing three hydration stations during the summer months which will allow residents to access clean drinking water. The first hydration station was installed on 15 June 2022 at Central Park (near 406 Edmonton St.). The others are anticipated to be installed in the coming days at the following locations:

  • Selkirk Avenue at Powers Street
  • Broadway Neighbourhood Centre

Leisure centres and City libraries are available to act as ‘cooling areas’ where the public may come in for relief from the heat and have access to drinking water during operating hours. City indoor pools and outdoor spray pads are also great ways to cool down.

All WRHA clinic spaces are open to the public to come in, cool off and use the bathroom. Access Centres and other clinics are located around the city.

During the ongoing pandemic people are advised to call 311 to confirm the opening hours and availability of any public libraries and community centres listed here.

For all other Municipalities in Manitoba, check with your local municipal offices, mostly online for information about cooling centres.

The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Here are a few recommendations for keeping cool this summer:

  1. Drink lots of water
  2. Reduce outdoor activities at hottest times of the day
  3. Seek spaces that are sheltered from the Sun
  4. Stay indoors
      • Close windows and blinds during the hottest part of the day and open windows and blinds when it is cooler in the evening.
      • If you are looking for indoor spaces to beat the heat, consider checking out your local public library, shopping mall or recreation centre.

    Please note that during the ongoing pandemic, many of these services may not be available. Be sure to call ahead for details.

  5. Cool off at your community pool
    • Cool off at your community pool or spray pad. For an up-to-date list of city of Winnipeg spray pads, click here.

Preventing heat related illnesses can be especially challenging for people who are homeless or precariously sheltered. 

To learn more about the effects of extreme heat, please visit Manitoba Health’s Heat and Your Health website.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect someone is experiencing a heat related illness, call 911 immediately.

Image and content taken from the End Homeless Winnipeg Extreme Heat Response Plan and the Manitoba Health Heat and Your Healthwebsite.