The Middlesex London Health Unit is ringing in the New Year with its first Cold Weather Alert of the season.
The alert is expected to last from 10 p.m. Monday when the temperature falls to -15C to roughly 8 a.m. Tuesday when the temperature is expected to rise above that threshold.
Officials with the Health Unit say those without adequate shelter and those who work or spend time outside are at most risk for hypothermia and frostbite.
“The best bet is to wear several layers of clothing as well as gloves and a hat,” says Public Health Inspector Randy Walker.
Walker also advises local agencies that provide shelter and help to those in need to prepare for an increase in demand for services. As well, members of the public are encouraged to donate non-perishable foods, blankets, sleeping bags, and warm clothing to the Men’s Mission and Rehabilitation Centre at 459 York Street, the Salvation Army Centre of Hope at 281 Wellington Street, or the Unity Project at 717 Dundas Street.