It. Is. Bone-Chilling. Cold.
An extreme cold warning is in effect for Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.
A period of “very cold wind chills” is expected, according to the Environment Canada warning issued at 4:27 a.m. Thursday.
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You can expect wind chill values of – 30 C or below this morning — they’ll moderate during daytime hours today.
And tonight, wind chills “are expected to be slightly warmer than this morning, however they will still be quite low, with values in the – 22 C to – 27 C range expected.”
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk, according to the federal weather agency.
Here are some not-so-subtle reminders:
- Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
- Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
- Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.
- Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
- Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables.
- If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.
- Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.
- Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.
(Source: Environment Canada)