A cold weather alert has been issued for Lambton County based on the latest forecast from Environment Canada, the health unit said Thursday.
Lambton’s acting medical officer of health said the agency is predicting low temperatures overnight Thursday, into Friday. The alert is expected to remain in effect until Saturday, Feb. 4.
A cold weather alert is issued when one or more of the following is met:
- Daily, low temperature is predicted to be -15°C or below, without a wind chill value.
- Environment Canada issues a wind chill warning for Lambton County.
- Extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm, are predicted.
Lambton Public Health is advising local agencies that provide shelter and assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness to prepare for an increase in demand during the alert.
All residents should take precautions by dressing in layers, shielding exposed areas from the wind such as head, neck, and face, and limiting time spent outdoors, the health unit added.
"Overexposure to cold can be hazardous and even life-threatening. Hypothermia, which can strike in any season, occurs when the body’s temperature drops below the normal range between 36.1°C and 37.8°C (97°F and 100°F). Symptoms may include pale skin, lethargy, confusion, excessive shivering and hallucinations."
For more information on severe cold weather and the risks involved including hypothermia, frostbite and how to avoid them, visit lambtonpublichealth.ca.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please contact Lambton County Social Services at 519-344-2062, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For assistance outside of these hours, please contact the Good Shepherd’s Lodge at 519-344-1679.