We are currently under an extreme cold warning, as today could get as low as -44°C with wind chill. Tomorrow is looking similar, with -44°C with wind chill forecasted again, before seeing a low of -31°C on Wednesday. Because of this, the Town of Strathmore is opening the municipal building as a warming centre for anyone who needs to get in from the cold.

Council Chambers within the Strathmore Municipal Building on 1 Parklane Drive will be open to the public from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Bathrooms and water fountains are available on site.

"Avoid unnecessary travel or exposure outdoors. Watch for signs of frost bite or hypothermia," a Town of Strathmore automated message said.

Signs of frostbite include, but aren't limited to:

  • Cold, prickling feeling on the skin
  • Numbness
  • Skin that looks red, white, bluish white, grayish-yellow, purplish, brown, or ashen. This depends on severity of the condition and what your normal skin color is.
  • Muscle and Joint stiffness.

As for hypothermia, you should be on the lookout for:

  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion, drowsiness, clumsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech

By Christmas Eve we could be seeing much warmer temperatures, as a high of -2°C is forecasted. For now though, make sure you stay warm and avoid going outside if possible.

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