Environment Canada issues 'Extreme Cold Warning' for southern Alberta

Dec 8 2016, 5:07 pm

Errrr my gawd it’s cold! And unfortunately it isn’t getting warmer any time this week.

Environment Canada released a weather warning this morning saying parts of southern Alberta will experience windchill values near -40 today.

Yup, minus 40.

So bundle up Alberta, it’s going to be a cold few days. Dress in layers, plug your cars in and do not be outside unless absolutely necessary.

What to wear

  • Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
  • Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
  • Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.

Environment Canada issues extreme cold warnings when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports to #ABStorm.