If you’re going to be spending time outside in the 6ix tonight, you’re going to want to layer up. The City issued its second Toronto extreme cold weather alert of 2020 on Thursday as negative double-digit temps are expected overnight. So, you might be better off avoiding all contact with the outside world for a few days. If you do decide to venture into the cold, make sure to grab a hat!
The alert was ordered by Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen De Villa in response to temperatures dropping as low as -12 C overnight with daytime highs only peaking at -7 C without wind chill.*
On top of the freezing temperatures that are expected, Toronto is also in for some snowfall.
"Bands of snow will extend into parts of the GTA at times, briefly lowering visibility, though most places will see just a dusting to 2 cm," explained Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham about Thursday’s forecast.
Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued throughout the city of Toronto when temperatures are expected to drop to -15 C or colder. However, the Medical Officer of Health also warns that there are other "weather-related factors" that come into play when issuing these alerts.
Temperatures are going to be so bitterly cold in southern Ontario that Friday will mark the most frigid air of 2020 so far. So, make sure to bundle up.
City officials also cautioned that exposure to cold weather “can be harmful to your health.”
"Hypothermia occurs when the body's core temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death," a warning in the news release reads.
CP24 reported that a warming centre would be open at Metro Hall on John Street by Thursday evening.
However, this isn't the end of our cold Canadian weather. The province is also in for another brutal round of weekend storms, with some areas expected to be hit by 20 centimetres of snow.
The weather is also likely to impact travel conditions on the 401.
Overall, a dusting of snowfall is expected in the region through Thursday, with the coldest temps expected to hit Friday.
Temperatures will rebound on Saturday to a more tolerable 3 C.
*This article has been updated.