The cold snap which has lingered over the holidays is going to be joined by some light winds to end the year and start 2018 and that has prompted Environment Canada to issue an Extreme Cold Warning for almost all of Ontario.
Extreme Cold Warnings are issued when the wind chill is -30 or below and it is recommended that you stay out of the wind, inside and warm if possible, and watch out for children, pets, and those who may not be able to properly monitor their own temperature.
The warning reads as follows;
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:
- Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo
- Brantford – County of Brant
- City of Hamilton
- Burlington – Oakville
A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills is expected.
2017 is about to end on a very cold note. A fresh surge of Arctic air is encompassing the entire province in its icy grip.
Although winds are relatively light, the extreme cold is expected to produce windchill values below minus 30 this morning, and again tonight. New Year’s Eve revellers are cautioned that windchill values will be near minus 30 late this evening as we ring in 2018.
Latest indications continue to show that these very cold conditions will persist into New Year’s Day, and possibly into Tuesday before moderating somewhat.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.
Check on older family, friends and neighbours.
If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.
So make sure you bundle up and stay warm as you celebrate New Year’s Eve! Happy New Year.
Information and Image from Environment Canada.