Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for all of the greater Kawarthas region overnight on Monday (January 10).
Bitterly cold arctic air, combined with light winds, will bring extremely cold wind chills to the region beginning near midnight on Monday. This is the coldest air so far this season.
In the northern Kawarthas region, including Haliburton County and northern Hastings County, temperatures will range from -25°C to -32°C with wind chill values near -35°C.
In the southern Kawarthas region, including Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County, temperatures will range from -21°C to -28°C with wind chill values near -30°C.
Wind chills will improve Tuesday morning after sunrise.
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.