***The extreme cold warning was lifted shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday***
You will want to be somewhere warm Thursday evening, into Friday morning.
Waterloo Region and the surrounding areas are under an extreme cold warning, which points out temperatures will dip to close to minus 30 degrees Celsius with the wind chill.
"Temperatures are going to drop like a rock, especially this evening (Thursday) and that's why there is an extreme cold warning in effect," said Gerald Chang, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
The weather agency issues such warnings when temps. or wind chills create an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.
"We're talking about exposed skin, possibly freezing in ten to 30 minutes, so that's not a lot of time. Certainly under these cold temperatures ... you want to stay warm, dress warm, bundle up and cover up, especially the extremities," Chang added.
It will be the coldest night of winter so far.
"The air mass is coming from the Arctic ... that's why we're experiencing very cold temperatures, right across Ontario," Chang explained.
Temps. should start to rise Friday morning, with Environment Canada calling for a high of minus 4 degrees on Saturday.
To see a list of local warming centres, click here.
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