By now, Canadians should be used to cold winter weather. However, the season always seems to have more it can throw at you. Canada winter weather is about to get a major blast of extra cold, with the wind chill dropping temperatures to dangerous lows tomorrow.
Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings for a total of eight provinces today: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and New Brunswick.
This means that more than half of the Canadian provinces are expected to experience extreme cold temperatures. These areas could see wind chills dropping the temperatures to anywhere from -40 to -45 degrees
According to Environment Canada, these wind chill temperatures are expected to persist tomorrow. These low temperatures can be incredibly dangerous if you are exposed to them for too long.
The risk is even greater for “young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.”
“Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
“Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes”.
According to a tweet from Chris Murphy at the Weather Network, at temperatures between -55 and -65, you can get frostbite in less than two minutes.
Frostbite can be extremely serious and can be recognized by a number of visible symptoms.
Severe frostbite can lead to a number of possibly serious health problems, including tissue death and infection. In children, frostbite can even lead to growth defects.
It’s always important to dress warmly in order to mitigate the cold. You should also remember that your pets need to be kept warm as well!