Extreme cold warning for Hamilton area with wind chill making it feel between –30 and –35 C
Environment Canada warns people to lookout for cold-related symptoms, frostbite
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for Hamilton and the surrounding area with the wind chill expected to make it feel as cold as –35 C on Friday.
The alert covers much of southern Ontario, including Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant County and Burlington and warns a "period of very cold wind chills."
The icy blast is forecast for Friday night and into Saturday with "wind chill values between minus 30 and minus 35," it states.
Hamilton's medical officer of health has also put a cold weather alert in place.
The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective today. A Cold Weather Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15C or -20C with wind chill. Learn more: <a href="https://t.co/qeavxWNXVF">https://t.co/qeavxWNXVF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamOnt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HamOnt</a> <a href="https://t.co/EP0GJPlkjR">pic.twitter.com/EP0GJPlkjR</a>—@cityofhamilton
Environment Canada is cautioning residents that extreme cold puts everyone at risk, especially young children, older adults, those with chronic illnesses and people who don't have proper shelter.
It says people should cover up as frostbite can appear on exposed skin within minutes and directs them to be on the lookout for cold-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.