Environment Canada has put Hamilton under an extremely cold warning with temperatures expected to drop Friday night.
Along with an additional warning from the city’s medical officer of health, low wind chill values are expected to make it feel like -30 C outside.
“Watch out for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle aches and weakness, numbness and discoloration in fingers and toes,” Environment Canada said in their warning.
“Frostbite can develop on exposed skin within minutes, especially with cold winds.”
The extremely cold period is expected to last Friday night until Saturday morning when the temperature will rise to -10 C under the sun by noon.
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A low of -16 and a wind cold value of -22 C is expected on Saturday night.
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“Exposure to cold weather can be detrimental to your health,” Hamilton said of public health in a release.
“Wind always makes it feel colder, and increases the risk of freezing and hypothermia.”
The alert has now activated five city-run recreation centers, warm-ups at Bennetto in Hughson Street, Dominic Agostino Riverdale on Violet Drive, Huntington Park on Brentwood, Norman Pinky Lewis on Wentworth North and Westmount on Lynbrook Drive.
Facilities will be open to the public, including those considered vulnerable and homeless. A full list of options can be seen on the City of Hamilton’s website.
The city’s general forecast for Sunday is warmer with clouds and a high of -6 C is expected.
Keep dry, low and limit the time spent outside to prevent freezing
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