So far this year, it has been pretty nice weather-wise, but that’s going to change. It may not be going down to -40 but the drastic change in temperatures that we can expect this weekend still brings some health concerns. 

When colder temperatures hit, it’s easier to get sick. So, it’s a good time to remember to wash or sanitize your hands and make sure you cough into your sleeve, not your hand. 

Kyle Fougere, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada said that people will definitely feel the temperature change. 

“The body does tend to acclimate a bit to warmer temperatures. Even if people had been used to these temperatures in December; when it was quite cold, their bodies probably forgot about what that's like.” 

Weather networks are forecasting temperatures of -25 into Sunday and Monday morning and while it doesn’t seem too cold, at least compared to last month, that does not mean that there is no risk of frostbite. Fougere says that limiting your time outside is a good idea.  

“If you are [outside]; especially in the morning hours for an extended period of time, there is definitely the risk of frostbite or frostnip. That's why it's really important to try to limit the amount of exposure to the cold, if you do have to be outside try to take frequent breaks just to warm up.” 

As every Canadian knows, it’s harder to breathe in cold weather, and that is magnified for people with asthma. Cold weather can get into people's airways and cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. 

Since no one can control the weather, the best thing everyone can do is try to stay inside, bundle up when going out and grab a hot drink to keep warm. 

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