Cold weather warning issued for Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills

Published February 2, 2023 at 12:19 pm

Public health officials in Halton Region have issued a cold weather warning for Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

Halton Public Health says the cold warning comes into effect tomorrow, Feb. 3 and will stay that way until temperatures rise above -15 degrees Celsius (without wind-chill) or weather conditions improve and the risks involved with prolonged exposure are reduced.

“Exposure to cold weather can increase your risk of cold-related injuries, including frostbite and hypothermia. These injuries can result in severe health consequences,” the warning states.

Anyone can be affected by extreme cold-related weather conditions, according to Halton Public Health, depending on length of time of exposure to cold and exertion levels. However, higher-risk groups include older adults (over the age of 65), infants and young children, outdoor workers, sport enthusiasts (hikers, skiers), homeless persons, and/or those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food.

Halton Public Health has issued the following tips to make sure you stay safe when it is cold:

  • Cover exposed skin using multiple layers of loose-fitting clothes with a wind-resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Always be on the lookout for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Check-in regularly, by phone or video, with vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own. If phone or video is not possible, when checking in with vulnerable individuals, remember to practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently. If physical distancing is difficult to maintain, wear a non-medical mask.
  • Prepare for winter driving conditions by keeping a Car Survival Kit in your car at all times.
  • Where pipes are close to exterior walls or basements or crawl spaces, ensure proper air circulation and adequate heat. Also, make sure your household temperature is not set too low when your house is vacant.

Additional information, weather forecasts and wind-chill information can also be obtained from the Environment Canada Weather Conditions and Forecast webpage. For further information and tips on how to protect your health during extreme cold and to sign up for Cold Warnings, please visit our Cold Warning webpage at or call 311.

Warmer weather is expected to reach us early next week and a high of 7 degrees Celsius is predicted for next Thursday, Feb. 7.

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