Health Unit Cautions Residents To Limit Time Outdoors & Cover Exposed Skin
Environment Canada has forecasted extreme cold conditions for Simcoe and Muskoka with wind chills ranging from -30°C to -40°C for tonight and tomorrow morning. After moderating somewhat Saturday afternoon as winds ease, extreme cold wind chill values from -30°C to -35°C may return for a few areas Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says decreasing temperatures can put everyone at risk for cold-related illness or injury, such as frostbite and hypothermia. Health risks are greatest for those who are marginally housed or homeless, outdoor workers and sports enthusiasts, older adults, infants and children, and persons with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.
The health unit cautions residents to consider shortening outdoor play for children when temperatures are between -20°C to -25°C and keep children indoors if temperatures reach or drop below -27°C.
To reduce your risk, avoid exposure to the cold by covering exposed skin with a hat, gloves, scarf, and take regular breaks from the cold, in warm locations whenever possible.