UPDATE: Extreme Cold Warning Ended

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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.