extreme cold alert

Extreme Cold Alert issued for Dufferin and Wellington Counties

January 29, 2019

Update Feb. 1, 2019: The warning continues for Wellington County today and this evening, but has ended for Dufferin county.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold alert for Wellington County (including Guelph) and Dufferin County, beginning this evening. The alert is expected to last until Friday February 1.

This type of warning is issued when the temperature including wind chill is expected to reach minus 30°C for at least two hours.

Some people are more vulnerable to extreme cold than others, including infants, the elderly, outdoor workers, sports enthusiasts, the vulnerably housed and people with certain medical conditions. 

Health Canada recommends following these tips to protect against extreme cold:

  • Regularly monitor weather forecasts in your area
  • Cover exposed skin by dressing in layers with a wind-resistant and waterproof outer layer
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothes as soon as possible
  • Keep moving (especially your hands and feet) to keep your blood flowing and maintain your body heat
  • Avoid alcohol – it can make you feel warm even though you are losing heat
  • Find shelter
  • Prepare your home for cold winter temperatures by doing regular maintenance.
  • Talk to your health care professional to find out if you are at an increased risk from extreme cold due to a medical condition.

You can check Environment Canada’s website for the most up-to-date information, or sign up to receive customized alerts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Learn more at Extreme Cold or visit Health Canada.