Middlesex-London Well being Unit extends chilly climate alert till Sunday – London


The Middlesex-London Health Unit has extended the cold weather alert until Sunday morning.

The warning was originally due to end on Saturday, but temperatures are expected to remain below the health unit threshold.

Freezing temperatures and bitterly cold winds are expected to last longer in the London and Middlesex area, prompting the MLHU to extend its cold weather alert for another day. The alert was originally due to end tomorrow and is now being extended through Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/9iMamIF00N

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“The Middlesex-London Health Unit issues a cold alert when the temperature exceeds minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 degrees for wind chill,” said David Pavletic, manager of food safety and healthy environments at the health unit.

“As the expected wind chill on Sunday morning is set to exceed minus 20, we have decided to extend it just to ensure we are taking the necessary precautions within the community.”

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The health department said anyone planning to be outdoors should prepare for the conditions, dress warm in layers and limit time outdoors. Pavletic said those who are outside for long periods can develop signs of hypothermia. Frostbite can strike those who are not warmly dressed.

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The health unit said in a press release that signs of frostbite consist of the skin turning red, blue, or gray-white in later stages. Individuals can also experience pain, numbness, and stiffness. This can especially occur on the fingers, toes, nose and ears. Signs of hypothermia are pale skin, drowsiness, confusion and hallucinations.

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“These times are really about checking in with family and friends and making sure they’re okay, especially the vulnerable,” Pavletic said.

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“People who are older, people who may be in precarious housing and have to spend long periods outdoors.”

If someone has problems, there are different heat centers in London. Visit london.ca/warming-centres for a full list.

“Check back regularly to see if people are doing well and if they need extra help and support during these times,” Pavletic said.

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Keep it dry, apply multiple coats and limit time spent outdoors to avoid frostbite

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