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Friday, June 29, 2018

(UPDATED) Heat Warning In Effect, Cooling Centres Open

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Environment Canada says this will be the most significant heat event in the past few years.

Prepare for what Environment Canada says will be the most significant heat event in the past few years.

Heat warnings are in effect from Simcoe County to the GTA and southwestern Ontario.

Over the Canada Day long weekend,  daytime highs will reach the low to mid 30s with humidex values into the mid 40s.

These steamy conditions could last through next week.

City of Orillia says several places will act as cooling centres for the public during regular business hours.

Splash pads will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m at four locations,  and Orillia's beaches officially open today, with extended hours of lifeguarding supervision at Couchiching Beach Park and Moose Beach.

In Gravenhurst, the Centennial Centre will be open during regular business hours for the public to cool off(Saturday from 7am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm,  and Monday 5:30am-10pm.)

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka's Health, Fitness & Aquatic Centre will be open and free to the public as cooling centres for the duration of the warning.

Orillia Public Library

36 Mississaga St. W. 
Monday to Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday - closed
(Closed Monday, July 2)

Orillia City Centre
50 Andrew St. S. 
Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Closed Monday, July 2)

Rotary Place
100 University Ave.
Thursday - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday -  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday - closed
Monday - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Splash Pads will also be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations:

McKinnell Square Park
135 Dunedin St.

Victoria Park/ Memorial Park
75 Coldwater Rd. W.

Hillcrest Park
255 Matchedash St. N.

Clayt French Park
114 Atlantis Dr.

Moose Beach at J.B. Tudhope
450 Atherley Rd.

City beaches officially open Friday, June 29 and will offer extended hours of lifeguarding supervision at the following locations:

Couchiching Beach Park
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Moose Beach
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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