Heat Warning in Effect for Victoria

A heat warning is in effect for Greater Victoria. Significant warming will begin on Wednesday and continue through Sunday with daytime highs ranging from 29 to 35 degrees Celsius, and it may feel even hotter with the Humidex.

To reduce your risk of heat-related illness, make sure to:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day
  • Wear light, loose clothing, and a hat
  • If working outside, take breaks and find shade
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle

Make sure to drink more fluids than normal, especially water, regardless of your activity level, and do not wait until you are thirsty to have a drink. The City of Victoria operates drinking water fountains throughout the City. Find them all using this map to stay hydrated during the hot weather: Map of Drinking Fountains in Victoria

If you’re looking for a place to cool off, both the watering can and playground splash pads in Beacon Hill Park are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

If you’re looking for a spot in the shade to cool off, check out our interactive map of tree canopy cover. Victoria has approximately 150,000 trees in parks, natural areas, boulevards, residential gardens and backyards: Map of Tree Canopy

In addition to operating during kids summer camps from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on all weekdays, misting stations are available to the public at Royal Athletic Park during these times:

  • Wednesday, August 11, 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 12, 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Friday, August 13, 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 15, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Community centres remain open and are available for public drop ins. Please see the list of community centres, their hours of operation, and location below:

Location

Address

Air Conditioning

Hours of Operation

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

1 – 380 Cook Street, Victoria, B.C.  V8V 3X7

No

8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday
8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association 

1330 Fairfield Road Victoria, BC V8S 5J1 

No

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Oaklands Community Association

#1-2827 Belmont Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 4B2

No

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Quadra Village Community Centre

901 Kings Rd, Victoria, V8T 1W5

Fully air conditioned (Limited capacity)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday to Thursday

 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday

Vic West Community Centre

521 Craigflower Rd, Victoria, V9A 6Z5

Fully air conditioned

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Burnside Gorge Community Association

471 Cecelia Road Victoria BC V8T 4T4

Fully air conditioned (Limited capacity)

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Crystal Pool

2275 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4C4

No

7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday


8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday

The Greater Victoria Public Library is welcoming the public to cool off at their air-conditioned branches. Check hours and locations: GVPL Branches & Hours

Heat Safety

Island Health offers tips for heat safety, including how to identify the signs of heat-related illness:

  • Pale, cool, moist skin
  • Heavy sweating, cramps, rash
  • Fatigue, light headedness, headache
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • High fever, hallucinations, seizures and unconsciousness require urgent medical attention – call 9-1-1

Also, remember to check in on your friends and neighbours throughout the heat wave. The following people are at greater risk of heat-related illness:

  • Infants and young children
  • People aged 65 or older
  • People who work outside
  • People with heart conditions or breathing problems
  • People who live alone