Cold and winter weather overview
In the last 10 years the Interior Health region has experienced significant damaging climate-related hazards that are secondary to global warming and climate change. The overall changing climate trend drives extreme weather events such as heat, wildfires, flooding and cold.
Winter weather can affect your safety in different ways: snow, rain and ice can cause transportation challenges and increase the risk of slips and falls. Power outages can disrupt communication, the heat in your home and access to food and water. It is easy to get cold quickly if you are outside in wet, cold and windy weather. Exposure to cold temperatures can lead to frostbite or hypothermia.
Cold weather poses significant health challenges. These challenges impact many community members, and disproportionately impact marginalized residents, such as the unhoused population.