Cold alert issued for Hamilton

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Hamilton residents should be cautious tonight as temperatures are expected to drop considerably.

The Medical Officer of Health has issued a cold alert for Hamilton, effective overnight (February 7 to 8).

A cold alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15 degrees Celsius (or -20 degrees Celsius with wind chill). Environment Canada is forecasting -15 degrees Celsius tonight.

During a cold alert, residents are advised to stay indoors. Those who must be outside should:

  • Dress in layers of clothing. Keep inner layers dry. Wet clothing increases the risk of cold injury.
  • Protect your face, ears and hands with a scarf, hat, and gloves.
  • To protect your feet, socks must be dry. Wool is a good material to keep your feet dry.
  • Drink warm fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise.

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