An Extreme Cold Weather Alert Is Now In Effect For Toronto And The GTA
A cold weather warning has been issued for the Toronto area today.
After an uncharacteristically mild start to the winter season, frigid temperatures are finally beginning to sweep across the GTA and southern Ontario. A cold weather warning has been issued for the Toronto area - today's high will hover at just -6°C, feeling like -15°C with the windchill. Sadly, it looks like the extreme frost is here to stay - at least, for the next several days.
Friday morning is slated to be much colder, at -15°C and feeling like -24°C. Environment Canada says that the sub-zero temperatures will remain steady throughout the weekend. According to The Weather Network's current 7-day forecast, the city won't see positive digits until next Tuesday. Tuesday's forecast sits at 1°C, feeling like -3°C.
Thankfully, no snowfall is indicated in Toronto's forecast over the next 7 days. The city will see less than 1 cm of snow on Wednesday the 16th. The forecast shows mainly sunny skies, but it's safe to say that the springlike weather the city has seen recently isn't making a comeback any time soon.
Here's a look at the forecast for Toronto, provided by The Weather Network:
The City of Toronto issued the cold weather alert this morning. According to their statement, The Medical Officer of Health issues a warning when temperatures dip to -15°C or colder. Anyone heading outside today and Friday should prepare by dressing in layers, a hat, warm mittens or gloves, and warm boots.
The city's statement encourages the public to "seek shelter" and "check on loved ones" to ensure safety.
A warming centre at Metro Hall will open tonight at 7:00 PM for those in need of a warm place to stay. The city has also opened a number of 24-hour respite centres that provide warm meals and a place to rest to those in need this winter.