In London, warming rooms open up when the temperatures get extraordinarily chilly


Anyone looking for help to escape the cold can find refuge in one of the three heat stations set up by the City of London.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit issued a cold weather alert on Tuesday as temperatures are expected to drop to -18 ° C overnight and by Wednesday. The region remains under a snow storm warning from Environment Canada.

The city has opened the South London Community Center on 1119 Jalna Boulevard until 7pm Tuesday. The center will reopen on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and offers a warm interior and access to water.

Two warming rooms that are incident during the day are also available. These rooms also offer packed lunches, snacks, drinks and washrooms. The Hamilton Road Seniors Center at 525 Hamilton Road is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Talbot Street Church at 513 Talbot Street is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There are also a number of community agencies that offer warm protection and other services. CBC London has summarized the information in an interactive map:

The city says all rooms follow public health guidelines, including physical distancing measures and COVID-19 screening protocols.