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Health Unit Warns of Extreme Cold This Weekend

Posted: 2019-01-18 16:18:46 By: hbr

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is warning that with the forecast calling for extremely cold temperatures and windchill this weekend that Environment Canada will issue an Extreme Cold Warning this Sunday.

The 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 homeless people, outdoor workers and sports enthusiasts, older adults, infants and children, and persons with preexisting medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

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.

The Town of Gravenhurst has also announced they will be making the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre available during normal hours of operation as a place to warm up.  

The Centennial Centre is open on Friday from 8am to 10pm, Saturday from 8am to 7pm, Sunday 8am to 10pm, and Monday from 8am to 10pm. 

Other facilities in the region may be open and a good place to get out of the cold temperatures, although not officially a “warming centre”.