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Cold Weather Health Alert

Jan. 2, 2014 -

KFL&A Public Health has issued a Cold Weather Health Alert as Environment Canada's forecast calls for temperatures in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington area to drop below -25°C on the evening of Wednesday, January 1, 2014, KFL&A Public Health has upgraded the current Cold Weather Health Alert to a Cold Weather Health Warning.  The extreme cold temperatures are expected to last throughout Wednesday evening and into early Thursday.  A Cold Weather Health Alert will remain in effect for the areas of Kingston and Napanee for Thursday and Friday of this week.

Visit Public Health's extreme cold page for more information on cold weather alerts, warnings and emergencies as well as precautions that can be taken.

Kingston winters often bring extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain.These elements can pose serious hazards.When a winter storm warning is in effect, monitor the radio, television and weather agencies for more information and instructions.

KFL&A Public Health have developed a cold weather response plan that uses the following temperature or wind chill values to warn residents.

Cold Alert -A daily predicted temperature of -15°C or lower (without wind chill)

Cold Warning -A daily predicted temperature of -25°C or lower, OR Environment Canada forecasts a wind chill of -28 or colder

Cold Emergency - A daily predicted temperature of -35°C or lower, OR Extreme wind chill of -55 or colder, OR Cold weather health warning issued and the existence of a contributing factor such as power outage, or critical infrastructure failure.

For a list of winter shelters and drop-in warming centres please visit our Extreme Weather section.