Alerts for: Kapuskasing - Hearst

Warnings

5:28 PM EST Saturday 13 February 2016
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Fraserdale - Pledger Lake
  • Kapuskasing - Hearst - Smooth Rock Falls

The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 40 and minus 45.

An Arctic ridge of high pressure moving east across the Great Lakes and Northern Ontario continues to deliver the coldest air of the season so far.

Extreme wind chills of minus 40 to minus 45 are expected tonight into Sunday morning.

Wind chills will finally improve more significantly on Valentines day as temperatures moderate upward under the strengthening February sun.

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.

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.

Know your health risks.
- Talk to your health professional to see if you are at an increased risk from increase cold due to medical condition.
- If you have health problems such as a heart condition, you may wish to avoid strenuous activities like shoveling snow.

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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