Environment Canada issues 6th Extreme Cold Alert for Oakville

Extreme Cold Alert expected to last until the weekend.

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Environment Canada issues 6th Extreme Cold Alert for Oakville
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What must be one of the coldest winters on record, Environment Canada has issued it’s sixth extreme cold alert for the season. With record breaking temperatures just a few days ago, it appears that you’ll need your parka for a little while longer.

According to the Weather Channel, Oakville will see temperatures drop to minus 18 tonight with some snow, rise to minus 15 over Thursday, drop to minus 21 overnight. On Friday temperatures will reach a high of minus 15 and then drop down again Friday night to minus 18. It appears that we’ll get a reprieve from the cold on Saturday when Oakville is expected to reach a high of minus 5.

Environment Canada issued the following Extreme Cold Weather Alert at 3:15 PM, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 for Oakville.

Temperatures are expected to drop to near or below minus 20 Celsius in Oakville tonight, February 18, 2015. The cold temperatures will combine with strong northwesterly winds to produce wind chill values near or below minus 30 by Thursday morning, February 19, 2015. Little improvement is expected through the day on Thursday, with daytime highs only a few degrees higher than the overnight low temperatures, and winds forecast to become increasingly gusty.

Very cold wind chill values are likely to persist through Friday, February 20, 2015 then improve somewhat on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

While anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:
– homeless people
– outdoor workers
– people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
– people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
– winter sport enthusiasts
– people who consume excess alcohol
– infants and
– seniors.

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.

Bowl of Chicken Soup

Drop off some chicken soup and make someone happy over these fridge next few days. Photo Credit: Sergey

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.

So keep warm, and your winter safety kit close at hand. You might want to find a few good books, or catch a movie. If you plan to head outside be careful not to exposing bare skin for any length of time. Animals are also susceptible to these extremely cold temperatures. Finally, keep in touch with your elderly or infirm neighbours. If you are feel particularly kind, drop off some chicken soup, they will likely appreciate the company as well.

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