An extreme cold warning has been issued for Red Deer and central Alberta.
Environment Canada issued the warning, as the forecast showed cold wind chill values nearing -40 C on Thursday night.
Wind chill values will moderate during the daylight hours on Friday, but extremely cold conditions may return Friday night in a few regions, Environment Canada warns.
“Extreme cold puts everyone at risk,” said the Environment Canada weather statement.
“Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.”
Environment Canada is advising central Albertans to watch for cold related symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.
“Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant. If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.