You’ll want to put on an extra layer or two before heading outside, with extreme cold expected in Waterloo Region for the next few days.
Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning on Wednesday, as wind chill values of minus 30 or below were expected to develop overnight and Thursday.
The warning was lifted late Thursday morning but we will still experience some freezing temperatures, with wind chills near minus 25 arriving overnight.
We’re reminded to dress accordingly and cover up – as extreme cold can cause frostbite and hypothermia.
Bitter wind chills pose a greater risk to young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and those without proper shelter.
The national weather authority also has a message for pet owners, saying “If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”
You can see more tips and a list of local warming centres by clicking here.
Meantime, Environment Canada says you have to go all the way back to 1993 to find a similar cold spell between Christmas and January 1st.
Meteorologist Peter Kimbell says this arctic air mass moved in from the Prairies and it’s expected to stick around until at least New Year’s Day.
Daytime highs, not including the wind chill, are expected to hover around minus double digits or lower through the weekend.
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