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 the temperature to drop to -15°C tonight.
The alert, the sixth of the season, is an extension of last week’s Cold Weather Alert. There has been little relief from the cold temperatures experienced last week. This current alert will remain in effect throughout the coming week as nighttime lows are expected to hover around -20°C. The alert will continue over the weekend as well.
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.