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Extreme cold weather alert until Sunday

Durham Region Health Department has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert that will be in effect from last evening until the morning of Sunday, January 24.

During the extreme cold, Oshawa said community members are reminded of the following:

  • SubscribeSign up to receive email updates to have notifications of Extreme Cold Weather Alerts sent directly to your inbox.
  • Outdoor activities: Consider rescheduling outdoor activities or limiting time outdoors during colder temperatures. If you do go outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin and stay dry. Learn more about protective actions you can take to be prepared for the cold.
  • Check in: Call vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are not experiencing any difficulties related to the weather and remember to check on pets.
  • Shelter services: If you see or know someone in need of immediate emergency shelter call 9-1-1 or visit the Region of Durham’s Emergency Shelters webpage. During severe weather conditions, emergency shelters may expand their services and the Homelessness Support System will alert unsheltered residents of extreme cold weather and help them take appropriate precautions. More information on the Cold Weather Response protocol, warming centres and additional supports such as food banks is available on the Warming Calendar webpage.
  • Household heating: The City’s Adequate Heat By-Law requires rented or leased living accommodations to have a minimum air temperature of at least 22 degrees Celsius between September 1 to June 15.

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued by Durham Health when Environment Canada forecasts a temperature of minus 15 degrees Celsius or colder, and/or a wind chill of minus 20 degrees Celsius or colder.

Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex is a Warming Centre

When the Region of Durham Board of Health issues an Extreme Cold Weather Alert the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex will be a designated Warming Centre, said a City of Pickering statement.

Duration: Saturday, January 23, 2021 the Recreation Complex will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

While an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is in effect, the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex is a designated Warming Centre. Extra seating will be available in the lobby & leashed pets are welcome providing they are well-controlled by their owner.

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecasted to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, and/or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 degrees Celsius or colder, and when weather conditions are severe enough to warrant alerting the community to the risks involved with prolonged exposure. Wind chill is when the wind makes cold temperatures feel even colder. Cold temperatures can also be hazardous, even if there is little or no wind.

Durham Region’s Social Services Department lists site information for emergency shelters in the Region at https://www.durham.ca/en/living-here/emergency-shelters.aspx. Some municipalities will list names, locations and hours of access for warming centres on their websites, if they offer public access.

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