While a thin layer of snow sprinkles over Montreal, parts of western Quebec are under Extreme Cold Warnings, calling for temperatures that could dip to close to -40ºC with the wind chill.
“A period of very cold wind chills is expected,” states Environment Canada. “Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.”
According to the weather agency, risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, labourers working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
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The alerts state that the wind chill values, expected to reach approximately -40ºC, is expected to start tomorrow evening and overnight Wednesday.
Extreme cold warnings are in effect for the following areas:
- Amos area
- La Sarre area
- Lebel-sur-Quévillon area
- Malartic area
- Rouyn area
- Senneterre area
- Val d’Or – Louvicourt area
- Témiscaming area
- Joutel – Matagami area
- Miquelon – Desmaraisville area
The national weather agency urges people to stay warm by keeping dry and recommends Quebecers to continually monitor weather alert and updates.