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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Extreme Cold Warning Issued

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Environment Canada says wind chills will approach -35 on Saturday.

Finally, our winter has arrived !

This weekend, bitterly cold temperatures and gusty winds will bring you a reminder of last February.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather warning for most of southern Ontario.

The high for Saturday will be around minus 16 but the wind will gust up to 60 km/h, meaning you need to bundle up to stay warm.

Bob Hart is a Program Manager at the Grey Bruce Health Unit -- he tells Bayshore Broadcasting News a key will be to dress in layers.

He also advises residents to drink warm liquids if you are heading outside.

Do not drink alcohol because it will not make you any warmer and in fact will lower your body temperature.

You may remember that last February (2015) was the coldest on record in Ontario.

The average low for the month was minus 21 degrees and the overall average high only minus 9. 

There were seven days last February where the low was -25 degrees or lower.

This February (2016), the coldest day so far was minus 18 degrees.

Finally, our real winter has arrived !

This weekend, bitter cold temperatures and gusty winds will bring you a reminder of last February.

In fact, forecasters say the wind chill overnight Friday and on Saturday will be close to minus 35 degrees.

As a result, Environment Canada has issued an "Extreme Cold Warning" for most of Southern Ontario including our area.

If you are in Simcoe-Muskoka and are looking for a place to get out of the cold, YMCA centres in Simcoe-Muskoka are opening their doors to the public.

People can come into any location free of charge during business hours to warm up.

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