Cold snap results in weather alert in Hamilton

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Published January 15, 2024 at 11:28 am

An expected cold snap has resulted in a weather alert in Hamilton.

The city’s medical officer, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, announces a cold alert anytime temperatures are expected to fall below -15 degrees, or -20 with the wind chill. These alerts remain in effect until until the city announces a cancellation order.

Richardson released an alert on Jan. 14. “Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. 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,” Hamilton wrote.

Hamilton Recreation Centres and Hamilton Public Library branches are available as warming spaces as part of the city’s winter response. The open hours of these facilities have been extended until March. Hamilton has also invested in 180 shelter drop-in and warming spaces for unhoused residents. The city also rolled out a warming bus with space for 20 people. These services are independent of the cold alert system and are available regardless of temperature.

When the city issued the cold alert it was around -12 degrees and dipped to a low of -14. As of this writing the next day, it is -12 with a wind chill that feels like -21. It will grow cloudy tonight with snow expected overnight.

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