How to protect yourself during extreme cold

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This brutal cold will mean anyone spending time outside Monday will have to take some extra precautions.

A wind chill warning in effect for Franklin, Western Hampden and Western Hampshire counties cautioning of wind chills as low as 30 degrees below zero Monday, which is cold enough to cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

But even if you don’t spend that much time outside today, you will still want to dress in layers. The wind chill factor takes into account wind and actual temperature. 

Basically, all our bodies are very warm, so we all have a thin layer of warmer air surrounding us. When it’s windy, that layer is blown away, so we lose body heat faster than we normally do. 

It’s similar to how blowing on hot soup cools it down quickly, but dressing in layers helps trap that heat.

The wind is definitely gusty, and sadly we aren’t going to warm up much at all Monday.

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