Kolton Gagnon bundled up his dog Chomsky with a sweater and booties so the two could go for a walk in the wind and -30 degree windchill in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick on Friday February 3, 2023. Environment Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Warning for the area due to an arctic airmass that is combining with strong northwest winds to give bitterly cold conditions with a chance of a -47 degree windchill overnight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray

Extreme cold warning issued for Central Alberta

Central Alberta and much of the province are facing an extreme cold warning overnight Thursday.

Environment Canada issued the warning Wednesday afternoon for Red Deer, Stettler, Ponoka, Innisfail, Red Deer County, County of Stettler, Lacombe County, and Ponoka County.

They say extremely cold wind chill values will be near minus 40 Thursday.

“The wind chill may moderate during the day but extreme cold will continue through the week,” they said.

Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

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