The Ottawa-Gatineau region braces for a prolonged heatwave expected to linger through Thursday, prompting the shuttering of various Gatineau schools on Tuesday. The decision was relayed via a memo on the Centre des services scolaire au Coeur-des-Vallée’s (CSSCV) website on Monday evening, indicating the closure of all their elementary and high schools, along with their after-care services.
Environment Canada has raised an alarm by issuing a heat warning for the region with temperatures likely to peak at a scorching 34 degrees Celsius. Making matters worse are the potentially soaring humidex values nearing 40. A reprieve, however, is expected Thursday night when the temperatures are slated to ease.
The CSSCV, which presides over a litany of schools in Gatineau, has published a comprehensive list of closures on their website for public scrutiny. However, other facilities under the purview of CSSCV are not impacted by this notice and will remain operational.