Finally feels like a frigid February weekend

(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)

Double up on socks and long johns, or stay indoors — it actually feels like February in the GTA this Family Day long weekend.

An extreme cold warning was issued in Peel and Halton Regions Saturday morning, when “very cold wind chills” were expected.

Extremely cold wind chill values were estimated between -30 C and – 40 C and “will improve only marginally this afternoon under the strengthening mid February sun,” reads a statement from Environment Canada.
Temperatures will plunge below – 30 C again Saturday night with “light northerly winds adding a frigid bite to the air.”
Some improvement is expected on Sunday afternoon, also Valentine’s Day, but the predicted high is -11 C, feeling like – 33 C with the windchill.
Relief should arrive Monday, with flurries and an expected high of 3 C.

  • Wear appropriate clothing — synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk of frost bite or hypothermia.
  • Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
  • Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.
  • Wear sun glasses, lip balm and sunscreen on sunny days to protect your skin from UV and keep it moisturized to help prevent windburn.
  • Wear a face mask and goggles if you’re participating in winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and skating to protect your face from frostbite and windburn.
  • Keep moving (especially your hands and feet) to keep your blood flowing and maintain your body heat.
  • Drink enough fluids, but avoid very cold drinks and consume warm meals regularly.

(Source: Environment Canada)

-Kelly Roche

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