Cold alert will come into effect Friday night

The first cold alert of the year has been issued by the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

With temperatures expected to dip to at least -15 Celcius or lower Friday night and into Saturday morning, the Medical Officer of Health issued the alert. It comes into effect overnight.

“There hasn’t been a lot of cold weather so far this winter, and certainly the rain and mild temperatures we had last week didn’t help us to get prepared, so people may need a reminder to plan ahead for the conditions,” says Randy Walker, Public Health Inspector with the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

“Temperatures like those we’ll have tonight have the potential to damage exposed skin and could lead to hypothermia if you aren’t dressed accordingly.”

The Health Unit is also advising local agencies that provide shelter and assistance to homeless people to prepare for an increase in demand for their services. Members of the public who would like to help are asked to drop off donations of non-perishable foods, blankets, sleeping bags, and warm clothing to the following locations:

• Men’s Mission and Rehabilitation Centre, 459 York St.

• The Salvation Army Centre of Hope, 281 Wellington St.

• Unity Project, 717 Dundas St.