Three temporary warming centres open today in response to cold weather

Three temporary warming centres in Vancouver were opened today and will remain open until Tuesday.

Environment Canada forecast temperatures of minus 5 for Sunday night, and a high of minus 1 and low of minus 4 on Monday.

“In response to anticipated cold weather and as part of the City of Vancouver’s Warming Centre Program, three temporary warming centres will be activated starting Feb. 18 through Feb. 20 to provide a safe, warm place for people living on the street,” read a news release shared Sunday.

“Warming centres are activated as a life-saving response when the temperature reaches minus 5 or below (or it feels like minus 5 degrees Celsius or below).”

Warming centres will be open at the following locations:

• Britannia Community Centre – 1739 Venables Street (Hours: 9pm to 8:30am)
• Carnegie Community Centre – 401 Main Street (Hours: 11:15pm to 7am)
• West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street (Hours: 11pm to 7am)

All warming centres welcome men, women, pets, bikes and carts. Hot drinks and snacks are served and no reservation is required.

The city, in partnership with B.C. Housing, also opened 300 temporary shelter beds this year in response to winter weather.

Community centres and other public buildings will also be available as spaces to warm up during open hours.

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