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Monday January 6th, 2014

Posted at 10:44am

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The Windsor-Essex Health Unit has issued an extreme cold weather alert.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Allen Heimann says the alert will be in effect until Wednesday afternoon.

Air temperatures are predicted to fall below –29°C this afternoon and –40°C tonight. Tuesday’s forecast is for a wind chill of –42°C.

With this current extreme cold weather trend, area residents are urged to protect themselves. The recommendation is that the public stay indoors and if they need to go outside, to ensure that they cover any exposed skin.

Extreme cold is characterized by temperatures far below normal. Individuals who are stranded and those without shelter are in immediate danger, as are individuals whose homes are poorly insulated or without heat.

The most common health problems associated with exposure to extreme cold are hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it is produced.

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