Extreme cold warning in effect for greater Kawarthas region Tuesday night into Wednesday morning

Wind chill values from -28 to -33°C in the south and -35 to -40°C in the north

A thermometer in the snow showing a low of minus 35 degrees Celsius. (kawarthaNOW-modified stock photo)

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the entire greater Kawarthas region for Tuesday night (January 25) into Wednesday morning.

The extreme cold warning is in effect for Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and northern Hastings County.

With bitterly cold arctic air settling over the region once again, a period of very cold wind chills is expected.

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For Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County, minimum temperatures of -21 to -27°C are expected, with wind chill values from -28 to -33°C.

For Haliburton County and northern Hastings County, minimum low temperatures of -27 to -34°C are expected, with wind chill values from -35 to -40°C.

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.