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Child care centres are strongly urged to develop an extreme weather policy for outdoor play for the safety and well-being of the children in your care. 

About weather alerts


Oxford County Public Health issues heat and cold advisories to warn residents about weather conditions that may impact your health. Environment Canada also issues frequent text bulletins and weather warnings. This is a great resource to keep your eye on for weather alerts in your area.


Heat advisories


Oxford County Public Health issues a heat alert when one of the following occurs: 

  1. The forecast is showing a humidex of 40° Celsius or higher (this index means the humidity and temperature combined give the sensation of a temperature of 40°C);
  2. The humidex is forecast to rise to 36°C or higher, combined with an Environment Canada Smog Alert; or
  3. When there are three consecutive days when the maximum temperature is 32°C or higher

Oxford County Public Health issues heat advisories through this website, its Facebook page, and on the Oxford County Twitter page.

Public Health reminds people that the combination of high heat and high humidity can be dangerous. Anyone who experiences physical distress because of extreme temperatures should seek medical attention immediately either by calling 911 or going to the nearest Emergency Department.

What to do during a heat alert


Cold weather advisories


A cold weather alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15 degrees Celsius or -20 with a wind chill, or when there are extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.

What to do during a cold weather advisory