Heat troubling for those on streets

With the mercury set to rise over the next several days, locals will be struggling to stay cool and comfortable, especially those living on the streets of Kamloops.

The government of Canada is predicting temperatures to climb as high as 38 C by Thursday before showers on Friday, and a cooling trend towards a more manageable 29 C on Monday.

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“It’s definitely always a concern when our folks are out in the elements,” said Jeremy Cain, Director of Clinical Support for ASK Wellness.

Cain said ASK Wellness currently has three support workers out in the community — and preventing dehydration is their biggest concern.

They are handing out water bottles and applying sunscreen to those who can’t get out of the elements. Water bottles are also available at the North Shore Overdose Prevention Site at 433 Tranquille Road.

Cain said that during weather of this type there can be increased health concerns around alcohol or substance abuse.

“Individuals that are on the street are always disproportionately affected by any elements,” Cain said.

“At times of extreme heat or cold, they’re definitely at an increased risk.”

He said that while dehydration and sunburn were the two biggest concerns, that heat stroke could also be a problem.

Though there aren’t currently any shelters dedicated to keeping the homeless out of the heat, there are locations, like the homeless storage facility at 48 West Victoria Street, where people congregate to cool off. Cain urged anyone doing outreach work to stay vigilant in the days ahead, with the mercury set to rise higher before temperatures cool down.

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