The Hamilton Medical Officer of Health has issued a cold weather alert for the city with low wind chill readings expected overnight through Sunday morning.
Friday evening’s forecast calls for a minimum temperature of -19°C accompanied by winds between 20 km/h and 40 km/h, which will feel like -26°C, according to Environment Canada.
“The wind always makes it colder and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia,” Hamilton Public Health said in a statement.
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“In extremely cold weather, please call, visit or check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors.”
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The alert has now activated five city-run recreation center warming locations in Bennetto on Hughson Street, Dominic Agostino Riverdale on Violet Drive, Huntington Park on Brentwood, Norman Pinky Lewis on Wentworth North and Westmount on Lynbrook Drive.
All will be open to the public, including those considered vulnerable and experiencing homelessness. A full list of options can be viewed on the City of Hamilton’s website.
The general city forecast calls for cold and showers through Sunday when it is expected to warm to a high of -6.
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