Centretown residents, along with all Ottawa-area inhabitants, are being warned to bundle up if heading outside this weekend, after a Frost Bite Alert was issued Friday by Ottawa’s medical officer of health.
Environment Canada has predicted a temperature of -34 C with the wind chill for Friday, with winds blowing up to 30 km/h. The Frost Bite Alert is in effect until Saturday, with a predicted high of -14 C, it will feel more like -25 C with the wind chill.
By Sunday, temperatures are expected to reach a high of -5 C, but it will still feel like -18 C with high winds – enough to have the alert lifted if predictions are accurate.
Frost Bite Alerts are issued when Environment Canada predicts temperatures will reach -25 C or below with the wind chill. People are advised to stay inside if possible, as over-exposure to the cold temperatures could result in injury or death.