Extreme cold warning for northern Kawarthas and frostbite alert for Peterborough overnight Friday

Wind chill values of -35°C expected in Haliburton and Hastings counties and -28°C in Peterborough County

Thermometer on snow showing extreme cold temperature of more than -30C. (Stock photo)

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the northern Kawarthas for Friday night (January 7) into Saturday morning.

The extreme cold warning is in effect for Haliburton County and northern Hastings County, with wind chill values of -35°C expected.

Meanwhile, Peterborough Public Health has issued the first frostbite alert of the season for all of Peterborough County as well as Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, with wind chill values of -28°C expected Friday night and early Saturday morning.

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Extreme cold puts everyone at risk, but infants, elderly people, people with circulatory problems, and people who are marginally housed are especially vulnerable.

If going outside, dress in layers (including a wind-resistant outer layer). Cover up exposed skin, as frostbite can develop within 10 to 30 minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

Consider re-scheduling outdoor recreational activities, especially during the evening. There is a serious risk of hypothermia and frostbite if outdoors for long periods.

Remember: if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.