Tips for weathering the extreme cold from the Health Unit
An extreme cold warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the listening area. Wind chill values are expected to reach -35°C to -40°C tonight into Friday morning and again Friday night into Saturday morning. After moderating during the day Friday, wind chills are again forecast to reach -35°C to -40°C Friday night into Saturday morning.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding the public that very cold temperatures can put everyone at risk for cold-related conditions 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.
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.
Dress for the cold by wearing layers that include an inner layer, middle layer and a wind resistant outer layer. Wear a hat, gloves and scarf to protect exposed skin. Take regular breaks from the cold, in warm locations whenever possible.