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Two day heat event starts Tuesday, July 19

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Environment Canada issued a two-day heat warning for Oakville on Monday, July 18, at 3:05 p.m. The heat event is forecast for Tuesday through Wednesday. The hot weather may drag into Thursday, but at this time it is too early to tell.

According to the Weather Network, the hot and humid air rolls in on Tuesday afternoon as temperatures rise to 31 degrees Celsius by late afternoon. The humid air will make the temperature feel like 40. With the unsettled air there is a 40 per cent chance of thunderstorms.  

Temperatures Tuesday night dip into the low twenties (degrees Celsius) but the humidity will provide little relief from the heat. 

The risk of thunderstorms lift overnight on Tuesday, only to return mid to late afternoon on Wednesday.  

Wednesday's high is forecast to hit  30 but feel like 37.  

The hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality, resulting in the Air Quality Health Index approaching the high-risk category.

How to beat the heat

Splash Pads

Oakville has 19 splash pads in parks throughout the town, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. During heat events, the town will often leave these facilities operating an hour later.

Indoor Pools

Community Centres are a great place to cool down. Operating hours for community centres are Monday to Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The town also operates five outdoor pools. 

Glen Abbey Community Centre (indoor pool)  - 1415 3rd Line

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre (indoor pool) - 1051 Glenashton Drive 

Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (indoor pool) - 325 Reynolds Street

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (indoor pool) - 2302 Bridge Road 

River Oaks Community Centre - 2400 Sixth Line

Sir John Colborne Seniors' Centre1565 Old Lakeshore Road West

Trafalgar Park Community Centre - 133 Rebecca Street

Outdoor Pools

Bronte Pool (2184 Hixon) is located on the south side of Hixon Street between Third Line and Bronte Road.

Brookdale Pool (1215 Bridge) is located on the north side of Bridge Road between Third and Fourth Line.

Falgarwood Pool (1349 Gainsborough) is located on the south side of Gainsborough Drive off Grosvenor Street, south of Upper Middle Road.

Lions Pool (159 Felan) is located on the east side of Felan Avenue off Rebecca Street, next to the Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

Wedgewood Pool (351 Cairncroft) is located off Devon Road in between Cornwall Road and Lakeshore Road East.

Lake Ontario Swimming Areas in Oakville

Oakville also has three public swimming areas on Lake Ontario. Halton Region tests the water quality of the beaches once a week during the summer - click here for the most current results

  • Bronte Beach
  • Coronation Park East
  • Coronation Park West
  • South Shell Park

During heat alerts and warm weather, the following is recommended:

  1. Drink lots of water (avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages)
  2. Check regularly on children, neighbours, the elderly, and persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
  3. Stay in an air-conditioned place (if possible) and only go outdoors during the coolest part of the day.
  4. Limit outdoor exercise
  5. Avoid the sun by wearing loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going outside.