Winter has well and truly arrived ahead of schedule. An extreme cold weather alert has been issued for many cities in Ontario and it doesn't sound at all nice, to say the least. Cities including Toronto and Ottawa have already sent out alerts, warning people to seek shelter from the dangers that could come with sudden dangerously cold temperatures.

According to The Weather Network, temperatures will gradually go down starting around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 at -6°C.

It's going to actually feel like -15°C or even lower, though, and the cold weather will continue into Wednesday morning.

And the City of Toronto's Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert for the city, states a news release from the city. 

The release, titled "Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones", advises that people cover up, stay indoors unless they have to, and cover any exposed skin if they do have to go outside.

It's Toronto's first Extreme Cold Weather alert of the winter.

CP24 states that Metro Hall on John Street will be opening again as a warming centre on Tuesday night until the alert has ended. Other resources will also be made available in order to ensure that no one is forced to sleep outside in such harsh and dangerous weather.

Ottawa Public Health has followed in the same footsteps, warning residents not to expose themselves to the elements.

In the capital, those real-feel temperatures are set to be even lower than across the GTA. 

Ottawa Public Health has also issued tips on how to combat the cold and best practices in order to stay warm.

Meanwhile, school boards including Durham Public Schools have taken the precaution of cancelling all extracurricular activities due to the cold.

According to TWN, these temperatures we're experiencing are more like January weather than anything.

"Temperatures will also reach the minus teens Tuesday night, shattering the low-temperature records with a wind chill near -20," says TWN meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

For the city of Toronto, according to CP24, the average temperature for November 12 is actually 8°C. Last year was a particularly cold year by that standard, but even then it only went as low as 4°C.

This year is something different entirely.

Our first taste of winter weather reminded us how much it sucks to drive in such horrible weather. The GTA especially, dealt with a lot of issues on the roads with low visibility and car collisions.

Stay in if you can, and be careful out there if you have to face the conditions.

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