Here comes the cold, again

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Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health is issuing a Cold Weather Alert for Lambton County.

The latest weather forecast from Environment Canada predicts the daily, low air temperature will drop to -16°C tonightThe cold alert will remain in effect until Friday morning when temperatures are expected to climb above the alert threshold.

Residents should take precautions during a Cold Weather Alert by dressing in layers, shielding exposed areas from the wind such as head, neck and face, and limiting time spent outdoors.

Overexposure to cold can be hazardous, even life-threatening. Hypothermia, which can strike in any season, occurs when the body temperature drops below the normal range between 36.1°C and 37.8°C (97°F-100°F). Symptoms may include pale skin, lethargy, confusion, excessive shivering and hallucinations.

If someone is suffering from hypothermia seek immediate medical attention, move person to a warm area, if possible; dress in warm clothing and offer warm water, juice or milk