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Town of Comox opens cooling centres amid heat wave

Cooling centres are open in Comox as the month of August closes with a mini-heatwave this week.

A heat warning is in effect for inland Vancouver Island. Environment Canada issued the warning on Monday saying temperatures are expected to be near or above 30 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday.

Early morning lows are forecast to be around 16 celsius.

Cooling centres are open for the next two days in the Town of Comox. They say the Comox Rotary Splash Park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Comox Community Centre will be open during regular business hours. The misting tent and sprinkler in the field will be an option from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.

Other misting stations will be available on the corner of Comox Avenue and Port Augusta Street from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Comox Fire Hall.

The town adds businesses interested in opening as a cooling space are encouraged to invite residents to beat the heat.

“This is a completely voluntary option for Comox Valley businesses, but we thank the business community for your support,” the town said in an announcement.

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They also ask residents to check on their neighbours.

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