The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has issued its first cold weather alert of the year as temperatures are expected to drop to -17 C overnight, feeling more like -26 C with the wind chill.
The health unit issues an alert when Environment Canada forecasts lows beneath – 15 C and windchill values below -20 C.
The daytime high for Saturday is only expected to reach -12 C, with windchill values as low as -27 C. The temperature is expected to drop back down to -17 C overnight.
“The potential damage that winter weather can do to the body shouldn’t be underestimated,” said David Pavletic, Environmental Health Manager with the MLHU, in a statement. “It is going to be very important over the next day or so to dress accordingly and cover any exposed skin to prevent cold-related injuries such as frostbite or hypothermia.”
Those who are planning to spend time outdoors are being urged to take precautions and dress for the weather in order to avoid cold-related injuries.
Cold and strong winds can lead to frostbite on exposed skin. Hypothermia can set in if someone’s internal temperature drops below normal as well.
The Central Library will be offering a warming station on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more on warming stations offered by the City, visit their website.