Photo by Liz West via FlickrPhoto by Liz West via Flickr

UPDATE: Extreme Cold Warning Ended

Environment Canada has ended the extreme cold warning issued yesterday.

However, temperatures are still forecasted to reach -21 C overnight, feeling more like -28 C with the wind chill.

London recorded a temperature of -25C early Friday morning, breaking the record of -22.2 C that was set in 1963.

Forecasters say anyone who isn't dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia.

Those at higher risk include:

  • homeless people
  • outdoor workers
  • people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
  • people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
  • winter sport enthusiasts
  • people who consume excess alcohol
  • infants and seniors.
Anyone who is going to be outside tonight is strongly encouraged to dress appropriately.

According to Environment Canada:

  • Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
  • Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
  • Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet.
Warmer weather is expected to arrive soon, with a high temperature of -8 C on Saturday and 1 C on Tuesday.

Read More Local Stories