An Extreme Weather Alert (EWA) is in effect for Greater Victoria, prompting local daytime and overnight shelters to open for those seeking warmth.

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness says the EWA was issued Monday and extended into Tuesday, as forecasted temperatures sit at or below freezing in the region.

While Tuesday will see a high of 2°C, Environment Canada predicts tonight’s temperatures will drop to -4°C with a wind chill of -10°C overnight. However, the weather agency has yet to invoke a weather alert of its own.

“This EWA activates the authorities in the Assistance to Shelter Act for police to assist persons at risk due to extreme weather conditions and remains in effect until it is cancelled,” the homeless coalition said.

In downtown Victoria, the Salvation Army ARC at 525 Johnson Street has 30 spaces available. Tonight, it’s open from 8:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., with soup served at opening. Breakfast is served in the morning, but pets aren’t allowed.

Meanwhile, the James Bay United Church at 511 Michigan Street also has 30 spaces. It’s open from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The shelter is wheelchair accessible, snacks are provided and pets are allowed.

To the west, the Sooke Shelter at 6750 West Coast Road has five mats available. It’s open tonight from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., pets and shopping carts are allowed, and meals and snacks are provided.

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness says it will post any further updates to its website.

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