MEDICINE HAT, AB — Medicine Hat and the surrounding area is once again under an extreme cold warning.
The warning, issued at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, is in response to an Arctic airmass moving down the province, and producing extreme cold conditions throughout Alberta.
Environment Canada says “a multi-day episode” of very cold wind chills is expected.
While the temperature is expected to moderate through Thursday, hitting a high of minus 19 degrees Celsius, very cold temperatures are expected this evening and overnight, hitting a low of minus 33 degrees.
The extreme cold warning is in effect for the following areas:
-City of Medicine Hat
-Co. of Forty Mile near Bow Island and Whitla
-Co. of Newell near Patricia
-Co. of Newell near Tilley and Rolling Hills
-Cypress Co. near Bowell and Redcliff
-Cypress Co. near Bowmanton Schuler and Hilda
-Cypress Co. near CFB Suffield
-Cypress Co. near Dunmore and Woolchester
-Cypress Co. near Irvine and Walsh
-Cypress Co. near McNeill and Sandy Point District Park
-Cypress Co. near Seven Persons
-Cypress Co. near Suffield and Hwy 879
-Cypress Co. near Tide Lake
-S.A. 2 near Bindloss Empress and Social Plains
-S.A. 2 near Buffalo and Cavendish
-S.A. 2 near Iddesleigh and Dinosaur Prov. Park
-S.A. 2 near Jenner and Atlee
Environment Canada reminds residents to stay safe during the cold weather, and watch for cold related symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
They also remind people going outside to cover up, as frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with windchill. Those working outdoors are also advised to take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.
Extreme cold warnings are issued by Environment Canada when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.
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