Hypothermia occurs when you have abnormally low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 37°C (98.6°F), as measured by mouth. Hypothermia is defined as a drop in body temperature below 35°C (95°F). Young babies (because they have a greater surface area to body weight ratio) and seniors are the most vulnerable to developing hypothermia.
Frostbite happens when a part of the body actually freezes. Mild frostbite doesn't leave lasting damage, but severe frostbite does cause permanent damage and may even require amputation of a body part.
Be careful out there!
Earlier this month an extreme Cold Warning was issued for our area: "A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills continues. The coldest wind chill values will be near minus 45C. Extreme wind chill values are expected to become more widespread again tonight and into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to moderate closer to seasonal normals toward the end of the month.
- Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.
- Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
- If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside.