Extreme cold warning continues in Waterloo region, Wellington county

The extreme cold alert continues in Waterloo region and Wellington county, also for much of eastern Ontario, for New Year‘s Eve.

The Alert, issued early in the weekend and continued Sunday, includes: 

  • Guelph, Erin, Southern Wellington County.
  • Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Region of Waterloo.
  • Mount Forest, Arthur, Northern Wellington County.

“Although winds are relatively light, the extreme cold is expected to produce windchill values below minus 30 this morning, and again tonight,” the national weather services projects.

It cautions anyone celebrating New Year‘s Eve outdoors to be aware of wind chill values which could make it feel like -30 late Sunday. 

An Arctic air mass is bringing extreme cold to a wide swath of Canada over the next two days, extending from northern B.C. across the continent to eastern Quebec and remaining in place into Tuesday.

Chilly celebrations

The frigid – even dangerous – temperatures have brought a change in plans to outdoor New Year‘s Eve celebrations across the eastern half of the country, from  to and .

Environment Canada also reminds people: “If it‘s too cold for you to stay outside, it‘s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

The extreme cold combined with even light winds can freeze exposed skin in just a few minutes. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

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