Bundle up, Hamilton: the city has issued a cold weather alert for the beginning of this week.
Under the direction of Hamilton’s medical officer of health, the city’s cold weather alerts are issued when the current or anticipated temperatures drop below -15 degrees Celsius or -20 degrees Celsius with windchill.
The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective tonight. A Cold Weather Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15C or -20 with wind chill. Learn more: https://t.co/tiTGAAlnxx pic.twitter.com/vhdQLgavqZ— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) January 14, 2024
The alert will remain in effect until further notice, with city recreation centres and Hamilton Public Library branches available as warming spaces during business hours for unhoused and vulnerable residents.
“Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health,” reads a release from the City.
“Wind always makes it feel colder, and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. During extreme cold weather conditions, please call, visit, or check on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours.”
Other protective measures advised by public health include dressing in layers of clothing; protecting the face, ears, and hands with a scarf, hat, and gloves; drinking warm liquids; and avoiding strenuous exercise.
Read more on the city website.