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Extreme Cold Warning

Issued at 15:01 Thursday 11 February 2016
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A prolonged period of very cold wind chills continues. Wind chill values in the low 40's will be reached later this evening and continue through Saturday due to cold air combined with westerly winds in the 10 to 20 kilometers per hour range. Watch for cold related symptoms and complaints which include: - Respiratory: shortness of breath, wheezing and cough - Cardiovascular: chest pain and arrhythmias - Circulation: colour change of finger and toes, pain, numbness and tickling sensation in extremities - Muscle: pain, stiffness, swelling, restricted movement, weakness - Skin: itching, pale. If you experience these symptoms when exposed to the cold, move indoors and begin warming. 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. Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

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