The City of Vancouver has issued an Extreme Weather Alert ahead of the cold temperatures expected this weekend. A warming centre, as well as extreme weather response shelters, have also been opened in response.
The city says that temperatures over the weekend are expected to reach at or below 0°C.
Warming centres are activated in the city in response to “extreme cold” as a “life-saving response for people sleeping outside during the city’s coldest months.”
The city opens extreme weather response shelters when temperatures dip below 0°C or “feel like” below 0°C with the windchill. Also when there is sleet, freezing rain, snow accumulation, sustained high winds, or rainfall of at least 50 mm in a 24-hour period.
Warming centres are activated when the temperature reaches -5°C or below (or it feels like -5°C or below). Hot drinks and snacks will be available, and those with their own bedding may choose to sleep at the centre.