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A cold night and an even colder morning coming for Hamilton: Environment Canada

Wind chills as cold as -24 degrees will greet Hamilton commuters on Friday morning.

Brantford has also issued an extreme cold weather warning

Temperatures could drop as low as 30 degrees in Halton. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Hamilton's medical officer of health issued an extreme cold warning for the city as residents can expect a very cold commute Friday morning after temperatures are expected to plunge Thursday night.

Environment Canada warns that the bitter cold could lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

Tonight will feel like -16 with the windchill but that will drop to feeling like -24 by 7 a.m. Friday morning.

The Medical Officer of Health for the Brant County Health Unit has also issued an extreme cold alert in Brantford as temperatures are expected to drop below -15°C, without wind chill.

The freezing weather is risky for seniors more than 65-years-old, children and pets.

Tips for staying safe in freezing weather includes:

  • Cover exposed skin using multiple layers of loose-fitting clothes with a wind-resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Always be on the lookout for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Check in on family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk.
  • Prepare for winter driving conditions by keeping a Car Survival Kit in your car at all times.
  • Where pipes are close to exterior walls or basements or crawl spaces, ensure proper air circulation and adequate heat. Also, make sure your household temperature is not set too low when your house is vacant.

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