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Meteorologists said that Thanksgiving Day would see temperatures fall into the 40s in the D.C. area, and those sliding temperatures led to a hypothermia alert in Maryland hours before any in-person Black Friday shopping could begin. Here’s what you need to know.

Officials with Montgomery County Emergency Management issued the alert late Thursday, extending from 8 a.

m. on Friday morning until at least 8 a.m. on Saturday.

County officials issue these alerts when forecast temperatures or wind chills in the county fall below 32 degrees. These conditions make hypothermia and frostbite likely for those in the county.

Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter told WTOP that wet conditions would be part of the forecast for a chilly Friday.

“We will have a blustery, much colder Black Friday with temperatures well below average and wind chills a good 10 degrees colder than that,” he said.

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Ritter’s full forecast noted that there’s still a chance that there will be a decent amount of sunshine on Saturday, although temperatures will stay chilly.

The county’s alert highlighted warning signs for susceptible people — young children, seniors, those without shelter or in poorly heated homes — to be aware of.

A Hypothermia Alert has been issued for Montgomery County beginning 8 a.m. on Friday 11/26 through at least 8 a.m. Saturday, 11/27.

A Hypothermia Alert is issued when temperatures and/or wind chill are expected to be at or below 32 degrees.

— MC Emergency Mgmt (@ReadyMontgomery) November 26, 2021

These warning signs include:

  • Shivering, exhaustion
  • Confusion, fumbling hands
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech and drowsiness
  • For infants, bright red, cold skin or very low energy could also indicate hypothermia.

The county said that if you see these signs in a conscious person, take the person’s temperature. If it’s below 95 degrees, it is an emergency and medical attention should be sought.


FRIDAY: Blustery and colder with a mix of clouds and sun. Highs in the low to mid 40s.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, brisk and chilly. Increasing clouds later in the day and highs in the mid to upper 40s.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, brisk and chilly with a few scattered showers. Highs in the upper 40s to near 50.

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Read More: It’s OK to avoid Black Friday shopping instead of taking on the cold.

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IPHONE owners are being urged to change their settings in order to protect their texts from snoopers.

Cyber security champion Zak Doffman last week showed that a little-known loophole makes it possible for hackers to spy on chats held over iMessage.

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That's despite Apple's promise that the service is end-to-end encrypted, which should mean that no one – not even Apple – can read your messages.

Writing in Forbes on December 4, Doffman, CEO of Brit surveillance tech firm Digital Barriers, described the workaround as a "serious problem".

"It turns out that what happens on your iPhone, doesn’t always stay on your iPhone after all," he said.

The iMessage loophole involves Apple's cloud storage service, iCloud. The tool regularly makes a copy of the information on your iPhone called a backup.

While texts sent to iPhones using iMessage are encrypted, the key required to decrypt them is stored on your iCloud backups, Doffman said.

The idea of end-to-end encryption is that this key should only be shared between you and those you message to stop anyone intercepting them.

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Storing it on iCloud, however, means Apple can access the key – meaning the firm can read your messages, according to Doffman.

"Apple stores a copy of those encryption keys in that iCloud backup, which it can access," Doffman said.

"That means the end-to-end encryption is actually fairly pointless."

There's no evidence that Apple uses the loophole to snoop on texts, but the risk is enough to warrant changing your settings, he added.

That's because government agencies such as the FBI can use the loophole to gain access to your texts and other sensitive information.

Leaked FBI documents last week revealed that the security organisation can get “limited” access to iMessage using this method.

With a search warrant, agents can “render backups of a target device” and, “if the target uses iCloud backup … can also acquire iMessages from iCloud” if the user has enabled it.

It also allows law enforcement officials to access some WhatsApp messages.

Apple has declined to comment on the record about the leaked document, instead referring to its legal process guidelines.

How to secure your iPhone messages

To secure your chats from prying eyes, you need to disable iCloud backups.

Be warned that this will mean you cannot restore your apps and settings if you lose or break your device.

Your photos, videos and messages would also be lost if you were to have a mishap.

  • Open your iPhone Settings app
  • Head to Apple ID
  • Tap iCloud Backup and switch it off
  • WhatsApp recommends that you disable the feature and enable the app's encrypted backups option. To do this, open WhatsApp, then:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Chats > Chat Backup
  • Tap End-to-end Encrypted Backup and turn it on
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