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City of Calgary launches an interactive map tool to help citizens stay cool

While there’s a bit of a cool streak on the horizon, warmer temperatures are forecast for the remainder of August and the City of Calgary is hoping to help residents find spaces to stay cool.

Over the past week, temperatures have pushed past 30 Celsius. Temperature records have been broken across southern Alberta, with some areas seeing nearly 37 Celsius. Calgary’s forecast to hit 34 Celsius on Thursday (Aug. 17).

The heatwave comes during a period of ongoing drought conditions, which the city has responded to by implementing water usage restrictions.

A nice rainy break is in store over the weekend but the warmer weather is forecast to return by Aug. 23. As this date approaches, the city reminds the residents to stay cautious, stay hydrated, seek shade, and be prepared for the heat.

To help, the City of Calgary has introduced a new interactive map that shows cool spots around the city, such as water fountains, splash parks, libraries, and resource centers that can provide temporary relief from the heat.

You can locate a cool space by entering your address or zooming in on your neighborhood. The more that you are zoomed in, the more details that you can see. Clicking on a location will allow you to see the address and hours of operation.

Other precautions to take in this hot weather would be:

  • Wear loose-fitted clothes, hats, and sunscreen.
  • Watch for weather forecasts.
  • Check on those that are more vulnerable to the heat.
  • Stay hydrated.