In the event that Environment Canada issues a humidex advisory, the city urges people to cool off indoors, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, limit their time in the sun and take other precautions to avoid a heat-related illness.

When a humidex advisory is issued, select facilities in the Region of Waterloo are available for use as a cooling centre by the general public. Due to COVID-19, many facilities are currently closed.

The following facilities in Kitchener are available as cooling centres at this time:

Don McLaren Arena

  • Location: 61 Green Street, Kitchener
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Region of Waterloo headquarters

  • Location: 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

  • Location: 44 Francis Street South, Kitchener
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Friday)

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

  • Location: 10 Huron Road, Kitchener
  • Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Thursday to Sunday)

For more information, visit the Region of Waterloo's public health department's website.