Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the greater Kawarthas region for Friday night (February 4) into Saturday morning.
The extreme cold warning is in effect for Peterborough County, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, Haliburton County, and Hastings County.
Extreme cold conditions are expected Friday overnight, with wind chill values near -30°C for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County, and wind chill values near -35°C for Haliburton and Hastings counties.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk, but infants and young children, older adults, people with circulatory problems or chronic illnesses, people working outdoors, 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.