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Extreme Cold Warning

Issued at 7:14 a.m. EST Sunday 1 February 2015
Summary

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected. An Arctic airmass is combining with light winds to produce wind chill values near minus 45 this morning. Some regions over Far-Northeastern Ontario may see these cold wind chills again tonight into Monday morning.

Details

Wear appropriate clothing. - Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk. - Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold. - Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it. - If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet. Protect yourself. - On sunny days wear sun glasses, lip balm and sunscreen to protect your skin from UV and keep it moisturized to help prevent windburn. - Wear a face mask and goggles if you are participating in winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and skating to protect your face from frostbite and windburn. - Keep moving (especially your hands and feet) to keep your blood flowing and maintain your body heat. - Drink enough fluids, but avoid very cold drinks and consume warm meals regularly. Avoid alcohol. - Consuming alcohol before you go out in the cold may increase your risk of hypothermia because it increases blood flow to the extremities of the body. You may actually feel warm even though you are losing heat. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm.



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