Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for central Ontario including Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Northumberland County.

Issued just before 2 p.m., the statement says “significant heat and humidity” will arrive on Friday for the region.

Daytime temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-30 degrees Celsius with an afternoon humidex hovering around 40 C or higher. Nighttime temperatures will be in the low to mid-20 C for Friday and Saturday.

A cooler and less humid air mass is forecast to arrive in the wake of a weak cold front Sunday, the statement reads.

Environment Canada advises the extreme heat affects everyone.

“The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors,” the statement reads. “Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.”

In Peterborough the One Roof Community Centre at 99 Brock St. is extending its hours due to the heat warning. Service will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday through to Sunday.

Emergency shelters are open and available to those who require emergency overnight shelter:

  • YES Shelter for Youth and Families (705-748-3851) at 196 Brock St.
  • Brock Mission Men’s Shelter (705-748-4766) at 120 Murray St.
  • Cameron House Women’s Shelter (705-748-4766) at 739 Chemong Rd.

If emergency shelter beds are full, temporary overflow beds may be available by going to the Peterborough Public Library, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. – 345 Aylmer St. N.


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