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Wednesday February 4th, 2015

Posted at 9:57am

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The Health Unit has issued a cold weather alert for Windsor and Essex County for the week through Friday.

Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the Health Unit says temperatures are predicted to dip to -17°C (1°F) overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning and -15°C (5°F) Thursday overnight into Friday morning.

Extreme cold is characterized by temperatures far below normal. Individuals who are stranded and those without shelter are in immediate danger, according to officials, 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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