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Feb. 20, 2015

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All campuses of Wilfrid Laurier University are open today, Monday, Feb. 23.

Environment Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Warning for Kitchener - Cambridge - Region of Waterloo, Brantford and surrounding areas continues as follows:

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

As has been the case quite often this winter, bitterly cold arctic air is returning to Southern Ontario in the wake of a sharp arctic cold front. Stiff northwesterly winds combining with very cold, possibly record setting minimum temperatures will once again result in extreme wind chills of minus 40 to minus 30 overnight and Monday morning.

Environment Canada recommends the following:

  • Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
  • Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
  • Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet.
  • Keep moving (especially your hands and feet) to keep your blood flowing and maintain your body heat.
  • Drink enough fluids, but avoid very cold drinks and consume warm meals regularly.

More cold weather safety tips can be found at the Region of Waterloo’s Public Health website.


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