The homeless are among the most vulnerable populations during extreme weather days. The City of Abbotsford has worked with partners to manage two cooling centres as temperatures begin to rise again. (Eric Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress files)

The homeless are among the most vulnerable populations during extreme weather days. The City of Abbotsford has worked with partners to manage two cooling centres as temperatures begin to rise again. (Eric Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress files)

Cooling centres re-open in Abbotsford as temperatures set to rise this week

Two locations available for those who need reprieve from the heat

Two cooling centres are open again in Abbotsford, as another heat wave settles over the Fraser Valley.

The centres are at 2575 Gladwin Rd. (in the Sevenoaks Alliance Church parking lot) and at 2495 West Railway St.

The cooling centres are equipped with shade tents, water, misting fans and cooling supplies. Cooling centres are put into place when the temperature exceeds 32 C or remains above 30 C for consecutive days.

Environment Canada is forecasting increasingly warm days between now and Friday, when they expect it to reach 33 C in Abbotsford. Other weather forecasting sites show highs of 35 C.

The centres are open for four hours a day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

They are staffed by the CEDAR Outreach Society and supported by the Abbotsford Police Department. CEDAR is responsible for all cooling centre operations including site setup and takedown, cleanup and site management.

The APD works with local businesses to address their questions and minimize any disruption to their businesses.

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