City reminds residents to stay cool and hydrated

Based on information from Environment Canada, the City of Markham has issued a heat warning for Monday, June 12. It is important to take precautions to avoid suffering heat-related illnesses.

The City of Markham recommends the following based on Health Canada guidelines:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, to decrease your risk of dehydration.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
  • Keep people and pets in your care out of parked vehicles and direct sunlight.
  • Spend a few hours in a cool place – a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned building such as a shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.
  • Block sunlight by opening awnings, and closing curtains and blinds during the day.
  • Avoid sun exposure – shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.
  • If you are taking medication or have an existing health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist if heat exposure increases your health risk and follow their advice.
  • If you have an air conditioner with a thermostat, keep it set to somewhere between 22ºC (72ºF) and 26ºC (79ºF), which will reduce your energy costs and provide you with needed relief.
  • If you have a window air conditioner, cool only one room where you can go for heat relief.
  • Frequently visit friends, neighbours, and elderly family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.

Cooling Centres Available at Community Centres and Libraries

  • Angus Glen Community Centre & Library, 3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East
  • Armadale Community Centre & Library, 2401 Denison Street
  • Cornell Community Centre & Library, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue
  • Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library, 7600 Kennedy Road
  • Thornhill Community Centre & Library, 7755 Bayview Avenue
  • Centennial Community Centre, 8600 McCowan Road
  • Markham Village Library, 6031 Hwy 7
  • Unionville Library, 15 Library Lane

For a complete list of facilities and hours of operation, visit

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