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Hot tips to beat the heat

UPDATED - Wednesday, June 30.

​As the week-long weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to high 30’s, the City of Lethbridge is sharing tips to help residents beat the heat and stay safe.

Heat waves cause an increase in heat-related illness, enhance drought conditions and can cause a significant long-term draw on power. Residents are encouraged to be mindful of the use of electric appliances and keep air-conditioning units at a moderate temperature to help prevent overloading the power grid. 

Ways to ensure residents are staying cool and safe during the expected high temperatures include:
  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water;
  • Take plenty of breaks if outside, and wear light, loose clothing;
  • Avoid peak outdoor heat hours, between noon-2:00 p.m.;
  • Turn off unnecessary electronic devices;
  • Be aware of dry conditions and increased fire risk. There is still a fire ban in place in the river bottom, with open fires being prohibited at this time;
  • Residents are reminded to be cautious if smoking in the river valley and dispose of butts properly or avoid smoking in the area all together.
Residents are also reminded the vulnerable members of our community are likely most at-risk during extreme temperatures without access to shelter. Steps taken by the City and the Lethbridge Helping Organizations Coalition, made up of local social service organizations, have been proactive in preparation for the hot weather.

  • The Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal is available with air conditioning and washrooms from Mon. - Fri, 6 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 7 a.m. - midnight & Sunday 8 a.m. -7 p.m.. The Canada Day public holiday the hours will be 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The Main and Crossings branches of the Lethbridge Library are able to offer some reprieve from the heat for those who need it. They're not quite re-open yet, but can provide access to water fountains, washrooms and air conditioning. Branches will be closed on Canada Day but will be re-opened to the public on Friday, July 2.
  • The E-Free Church is opening their air conditioned building Wednesday, June 30 to Friday, July 2 from noon - 8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 3 from noon - 4 p.m. . They're located at 4717 24 Ave South, just off Highway 4. There is a kids zone is set up and ready for you and your kids; come play on the indoor play structure. Please enter through the Kids Zone doors, located on the Northwest corner of the property. There is also a cool, quiet place to work, or retreat and is set up with workstations, chairs, and free wifi. Please enter through the office doors, located on the southwest section of the property. 
  • Galt Gardens spray park & washrooms will be open until 10 p.m. 
  • Gyro spray park & washrooms will be open until 9 p.m.
  • The Animal Shelter is making space available for the pets of  vulnerable people who need protection from the extreme heat over the next week.
  • Streets Alive Mission, Lethbridge Food Bank, My City Care, Sage Clan, Food Share and the Interfaith Food Bank have approximately 15,000 water bottles stored;
  • Community outreach organizations have been informed and will be delivering water to vulnerable individuals;
  • Water has been delivered to the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre and the Overdose Prevention Site Mobile Unit;
  • Any individual in need can come to either food bank or Streets Alive to pick up water;
  • The City of Lethbridge Emergency Coordination Centre is aware and preparing for the heat wave. The Emergency Social Service team will be  on standby to respond should it be required;
  • Available city facilities are being explored for use as Cooling Centers – indoor settings for people to cool off;
  • The Red Cross has been notified should the need to coordinate an emergency response arise.
A heat warning is issued in Alberta when two or more consecutive days of daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius or warmer and nighttime temperatures are expected to be 16 degrees Celsius or warmer. 

For Public Inquiries:

Call 311 |  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.