Surviving the cold: 5 tips to beat the deep freeze

Arctic air mass settles over Southern Ontario bringing wind chills in the minus twenties. While Environment Canada has lifted the wind chill warning, the cold alert from Hamilton's medical officer of health remains in effect.

Have any tips for beating the cold? Let us know and we'll include them on this list

the cold weather alert issued by the city of Hamilton continues Thursday. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

The cold front has settled in and Hamiltonians are feeling the deep chill. Temperatures are expected to remain in the double digits till Friday. The wind chill effect will make it feel even colder.

Tuesday’s high of – 16 C will feel like – 27 C and Wednesday’s predicted high of – 15 C will feel more like – 18 C.

According to CBC weather specialist, Jay Scotland, it's going to be "a bitterly cold one". "It's not going to warm up until Friday,” Scotland said.

The warm up over the weekend will not last long and residents can expect a cold start to the next week. Here are a few tips for surviving the cold.

5 tips for beating the cold

Driving: A winter car crash could leave you out in the cold while you wait for help. It’s a good idea to keep extra blankets, gloves and jackets in the car. If the heat in your car does not work, you need to dress for the cold.

Exercising/running: You want to keep warm but without sweating as sweat in your clothes can lead to a chill. It is advisable to dress like it is a few degrees warmer. So your run will start out cold, but your body will surely heat up due to the physical exertion. Wearing easily removable layers and jackets with front zippers will allow cooling off or bundling up as needed.

Cycling: Chilling winds and icy conditions can make winter cycling more dangerous. So, before heading out, make sure your bicycle is in perfect working condition. Don’t forget your lights, reflective gear and bell. Protect your face and skin by covering up as much as possible. Like runners, remember that your body will produce it’s own heat due to the physical nature of the activity so take that into account.

Dealing with pets: It is ideal if your dog can remain inside during the winter. Depending on the dog breed and the coating, some dogs may be more susceptible to cold than others. See how your dog reacts and shivering is a good sign your pet needs warmth.

Around the home: Draft. It’s annoying and costs you money. Plug up drafty windows and doors. Although, being indoors will not be as cold as being outside, cold air in the home can be bad for your health. Older people may be vulnerable to illnesses if the home is not well insulated.

Do you have any tips for beating the cold? Let us know and we'll include them on this list.


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