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Richmond cooling options amid B.C. heat warning

Shelters and misting stations available at city parks.
Steveston Misting Station
Richmond News reader Johnny Choi captured visitors at a misting station in Steveston during sunset in 2021.

The City of Richmond is reminding community members of several cooling options during B.C.’s new heat warning.

Environment Canada issued a new heat warning for hot weather to be expected across the southern areas of the province over Sunday and Monday.

"The south coast is experiencing a stretch of much warmer than average temperatures through Monday. Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to high 20's near the water and into the low 30's inland," reads the warning.

Anyone in Richmond seeking heat relief can visit any of the four Richmond libraries. Only Brighouse library will be open on extended hours until 9 p.m. for Sunday.

Community centres and other libraries will remain open for their regular hours.

Shelters and misting stations in city parks are also available at:

  • Garry Point (in the park off the trail)
  • Dover Park (5580 Lynas Lane)
  • Paulik Park (7620 Heather St.)
  • McLean Park (22500 McLean Ave.)
  • Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy.)
  • Richmond House Emergency Shelter (12040 Horseshoe Way)

According to Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to hit mid to high 20’s near the water and into the low 30’s inland.

"Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions," warns Environment Canada.

The warning added that rising temperatures could bring flooding issues, as the snowpack melts, in parts of southern B.C.

While Monday, June 27, will see the highest temperatures of the heat wave, and probably the year to date, things are expected to cool rapidly.

"Temperatures are expected to return to near-normal values by the middle of next week as a cooler, unsettled airmass pushes onshore," notes Environment Canada.

-with files from Brendan Kergin/Vancouver is Awesome

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