Extreme weather warning remains in effect; wind chill factor as low as -38 C this evening

Wayne Batenchuk was unperturbed by the minus double-digit temperatures and frigid windchill last Sunday, Dec. 31, as his five-metre kite towed him around the North Dundas District High School field. Although temperatures briefly got milder by the middle of the week, extreme cold warnings have been in effect since the final days of 2017. And the mercury did plunge again with a vengeance on Thursday. The brutal cold is forecast to last until tomorrow afternoon. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SD&G — The region continues to shiver through a deep freeze and brutal wind chills. An extreme cold warning remains in effect for much of Ontario, and the province is expected to stay mired in extreme cold until Sunday afternoon when the current weather system is predicted loosen its icy grip.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says the Arctic ridge of high pressure continues to bring cold temperatures and brisk northwesterly winds to Eastern and Central Ontario. Wind chill values are expected to fall as low as -38 C this evening and overnight, according to the agency, which warns that exposed skin is prone to frostbite within minutes.

People are advised to check on older family, friends and neighbours and to keep emergency supplies in vehicles, such as extra blankets and jumper cables.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside, the agency also points out.

Watch for signs of frostbite, such as colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling. Move indoors and begin warming as necessary, and outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

The frigid temperatures have reached all the way down to Toronto. Eastern Ontario has been under extreme cold warnings for the last 10 days, including a memorably cold final weekend of 2017 that saw the mercury plunge further on New Year’s Eve.

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