Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a Cold Weather Alert for Lambton County based on the latest forecast from Environment Canada that predicts a temperature drop to -16°C tonight.
The alert, the fourth of the season, will remain in effect throughout the week. Temperatures will climb above the alert threshold on Tuesday but are expected to drop again on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Lambton Public Health advises local agencies that provide shelter and assistance to homeless people to prepare for an increase in demand during the Cold Weather Alert.
All 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.
- Offer warm water, juice or milk.
- Do not offer alcohol or hot drinks.