Environment Canada has issued another extreme cold warning for all of the greater Kawartha region for Friday night (January 14) into the weekend.
Temperatures are forecast to rapidly fall through the day on Friday. As a result, by Friday evening wind chill values near -30°C are forecast to develop in the southern Kawarthas region, including Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County, with wind chill values near -35°C in the northern Kawarthas region, including Haliburton County and northern Hastings County.
As temperatures fall even lower Friday night, even colder wind chill values near -35°C in the southern Kawarthas region and -40°C in the northern Kawarthas region are likely into early Saturday morning.
After moderating somewhat Saturday afternoon as winds ease, extreme cold wind chill values as low as -30°C in the southern Kawarthas region and -35°C in the northern Kawarthas region may return for a few areas Saturday night into Sunday morning.
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.