Extreme cold warning for Kingston and area

Photo by Hal Gatewood.

Environment Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Warning for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park, with very cold wind chill values expected to develop tonight and into Saturday morning.

“After temperatures rapidly fall through the day today, wind chill values near minus 30 are forecast to develop overnight,” Environment Canada said in the advisory.

A reprieve from extreme cold conditions is expected to begin Saturday morning, the national weather service said.

“Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes,” Environment Canada warned.

“Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm,” the advisory continued. “The outer layer should be wind resistant. Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.”

“Extreme cold puts everyone at risk,” said Environment Canada, also cautioning against leaving pets outdoors. “If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

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