Hamilton's medical officer of health issued a cold weather alert for the city on Friday.

Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said the harsh winds make it feel particularly cold and increase the risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

To reduce the risk of these cold-weather troubles, the medical officer recommends dressing in layers of warm, dry clothing, protecting exposed skin like face, ears, and hands, and making sure your socks stay dry.

The Salvation Army noted cold weather increases the risk to homeless people. If you see someone who is in need of warm clothing or shelter, call the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0.

And if the cold weather alert makes you scowl, check out our top five reasons to warm up to the cold.