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Edmonton's extreme weather response extended

There's a reprieve from the cold, but it's back again soon, along with an extended cold weather response from the City of Edmonton.
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Extreme cold to return to Edmonton region in coming days. Photo supplied.

It feels much warmer out there today, Edmonton, but the City says based on updated weather forecasts, the current extreme weather activation will be extended to December 19, 2022 at 8 a.m. If weather conditions remain extremely cold beyond this time frame, the response may be extended again.

The City reports temperatures are expected to drop again to extreme levels next week (-20 degrees celsius with windchill).

The threshold for activating the City’s extreme weather response is a temperature of -20 degrees celsius with wind chill for at least three consecutive nights and shelter utilization rates over 90 per cent. 

The current extreme weather response took effect on November 29, 2022. 

A reminder on how to help vulnerable citizens:

  • Learn to recognize the signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, drowsiness or exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, or slurred speech; and a person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing.
  • Call 911 for someone in serious distress or in cases of emergency.
  • Call 211, press 3 for 24/7 Crisis Diversion non-emergency support for shelter, intoxication and mental health.
  • Our quick reference tool has steps you can take to help someone during the winter months.
  • Agencies serving people experiencing homelessness are accepting monetary donations, as well as donations of warm clothing and winter gear. For a list of places to donate, please see: https://homewardtrust.ca/sector-emergency-response/