If you lack air conditioning at home, or are out and about in the community and need to escape the heat, several cooling shelters are in operation around the Cowichan Valley during our latest heatwave.

They will operate from noon until 8 pm today, Friday and Saturday.

The cooling shelter locations are in the Cowichan Community Centre on James Street, the Siem Lelum Gymnasium on River Road, the Kerry Park Recreation Centre on Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road, and the Lake Cowichan Community Centre on South Shore Road.

The Crofton Community Centre on Musgrave Street and the Chemainus Seniors Centre on Willow Street will operate cooling shelters on Saturday from noon to 8 pm.

Each provides a cool space to get away from the high outdoor temperatures, and water will be provided.