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Chatham-Kent heat warning urges cooling centers to open



Chatham-Kent will experience a few more days of hot and humid weather.

Daytime cooling centers will be available at several locations in Chatham-Kent while a heat warning issued by Environment Canada remains in effect.

The weather agency says daytime temperatures are expected to reach 31C on Monday and Tuesday. There will be some relief in the evening with lows expected to drop to around 21°C.

The municipal offices of Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg will provide space for people to stop, sit, have a drink of water and cool off during normal office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., read a statement from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Employment and Social Services will also offer the same service in the lobby of its main office on the first floor of the Community Social Services Building at 435 Grand Avenue West in Chatham from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chatham-Kent Public Libraries also offer free internet use and time to browse their collections to get your heart pumping.

Hope Haven will also be offering services and a cooling station at its location at 183 Wellington Street West in Chatham from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Its regular hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week.

In Wallaceburg, the James Street Drop-In Center will offer services and a cooling station at its location at 719 James Street from noon to 9 p.m. as well.

Its regular hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

If assistance with transportation to Hope Haven or the James Street Welcome Center is needed, residents can contact the Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628.