THUNDER BAY – WEATHER – Extreme cold warnings are in effect for almost all of Northwestern Ontario. Thunder Bay, Superior West and Fort Frances – Rainy Lake are the only areas of the region not under an Extreme Cold Warning.
For the rest of Northwestern and Northern Ontario, extreme windchill factors are in effect.
Environment Canada reports, “Very cold temperatures combined with strong winds will create wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 early this morning. Conditions will improve later this morning as temperatures rise. However, wind chill values of minus 40 to minus 45 will occur again tonight into Sunday morning for much of Northeastern Ontario”.
Wear appropriate clothing
– Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. 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.
– 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.
– Consuming alcohol before you go out in the cold may increase your risk of hypothermia because it increases blood flow to the extremities of the body. You may actually feel warm even though you are losing heat.
Know your health risks
– Talk to your health professional to see if you are at an increased risk from increase cold due to medical condition.
– If you have health problems such as a heart condition, you may wish to avoid strenuous activities like shoveling snow.