Extreme cold weather on the way: wind chill to -35

John Brannen
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George Dorie of Westville shovels snow out of the driveway of his home on North Main Street. Temperatures were expected to drop to a bone chilling -35C with the wind chill factored in. John Brannen – The News

If you've got a list of outdoor activities on that to-do list, it's better to tackle them sooner than later.

Environment Canada said Wednesday very cold Arctic air combined with northwesterly winds would produce wind chill values of -35C overnight.

This morning is forecast to be just as cold with a mix of sun and cloud and a bone-chilling high of -16 but an extreme wind chill of -35.


Ross Landry, MLA for Pictou Centre, said there are a few precautions that should be taken when temperatures of -35 are forecast.

“If you plan on travelling during this time, ensure you have enough fuel, your cellphone is fully charged and you’ve got some sort of survival kit,” he said.

He says to keep your house warm in case the power goes out and keep pets inside if possible.

“Stay off the ice, especially the East River,” he cautioned.

Exposure to the cold can be hazardous or even life-threatening. The body's extremities, such as the ears, nose, fingers and toes, lose heat the fastest.


Exposed skin may freeze, causing frostnip or frostbite. In extreme conditions or after prolonged exposure to the cold, the body core can also lose heat, resulting in hypothermia.

 

Organizations: Environment Canada, Pictou Centre

Geographic location: Arctic, East River

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