Southwestern Public Health has issued its second cold weather alert for 2019. According to Environment Canada reports, cold arctic air will settle over Southern Ontario tonight. Overnight low temperatures between -20 and -25 degrees Celsius combined with winds gusting between 50 to 70km/h will result in wind chill values in the range of -30 to -35 degrees Celsius. Conditions should improve Friday as milder air moves into the region. In addition, accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. During a cold weather alert, residents should take precautions to protect themselves from the cold to avoid complications such as frostbite and hypothermia. The West Elgin Dramatics Society located at 199 Currie Road will be open as a warming station between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
Those most vulnerable to the effects of the cold include older adults, infants and young children, outdoor workers, those who participate in outdoor sports such as skiing and hiking, and homeless persons and other who do not have shelter, proper clothing or food. Inn Out of the Cold Elgin offers shelter to homeless adults during the winter months in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Overnight accommodation is available from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.