Heat Alert/Summer Tips
Staying Cool in the City
When a heat warning is in effect across Niagara, the City of Welland encourages residents to stay cool. Cooling Stations are a relief from the outdoors, and allow residents to discover public places while escaping the heat. City outdoor swimming pools are always free, including public splash-pads, which are located in three of Welland’s major parks. The city’s outdoor swimming pools will have extended hours when Niagara Region issues a heat alert at www.niagararegion.ca. An Excessive Heat Alert has been issued for Niagara and is expected to last until Thursday. Temperatures could exceed 31 °C with humidex values over 40 °C. Overnight low temperatures will only fall to the mid-twenties.
Please take precautions during episodes of extreme heat and humidity to keep you and your family safe. Be aware that seniors, young children, and people with disabilities are most vulnerable in extreme heat and humidity. Pets are also vulnerable and depend on their owners to keep them safe from extreme heat. Please don’t leave pets or children unattended in vehicles.
Signs of heat-related illness may include confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and headache.
Here are steps to minimize heat-related illness:
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities during cooler parts of the day. Rest frequently in shady areas, and drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician).
- Never leave infants or young children unattended in high heat. Dress them in cool, loose clothing, and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Ensure infants and children are protected with sunscreen.
- People over 65 years of age may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Stay in cool ventilated places. When the temperature is in the high thirties or higher, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is more effective.
- Any health condition that causes dehydration makes the body more susceptible to heat sickness. Consult your doctor if you feel signs of confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and/or a headache.
The following suggestions should assist with keeping families cool during excessive heat:
Cooling Stations are air-conditioned public places to visit and provide relief from the heat. Cooling Stations are located at:
- Welland Civic Square located at 60 East Main Street ~ Monday to Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Welland Public Library located at 50 The Boardwalk ~ Monday to Thursday: 9.00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Welland Community Wellness Complex located at 145 Lincoln Street ~ Monday to Friday: 8:00a.m. – 9:00p.m Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- The Seaway Mall at 800 Niagara Street ~ Hours Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30pm Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
City of Welland Swimming Pools are always FREE. Located at Memorial Park (405 Memorial Park Dr.), St. George Park (391 St. George St.), and Maple Park (512 South Pelham Rd.) Extended heat alert hours are 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
City Splash Pads are also FREE and located at Glenwood Park, Memorial Park, and Chippawa Park (Open dawn to dusk)