It's going to be another freezing winter's day in the 6ix. An extreme cold weather alert was issued for the city of Toronto on Thursday, February 20, 2020, after a bitter windchill plunged temperatures into the double-digit negatives. Toronto weather will be floating around -7 C, which is going to feel more like a stinging -14 C to anyone walking outside today.
It is going to be so cold in Toronto today that residents would be more comfortable walking around certain parts of Antarctica than in the GTA.
Seymour Island, which is located near the Graham Land on the Antarctic Peninsula, is going to be a bearable -1 C today. You know you've got the winter blues when you're dreaming of the warmth of Antarctica.
According to Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, extreme cold weather alerts are sent out when daily temperatures drop to -15 C or colder or when the wind chill is forecast to feel like at least -20 C or colder. So, if you haven't busted out your parka yet this season, this might be the time to.
"Based on Environment and Climate Change Canada's forecast, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto in anticipation of colder weather conditions within the next 24 hours or longer. The Extreme Cold Weather Alert will be in effect until further notice," read a statement from the City of Toronto.
Thankfully for Ontarians, we won't be losing the warmth war to Antarctica for too long.
Weather conditions are supposed to improve drastically as the week goes on.
In fact, the province is supposed to take such a hard turn toward spring this weekend that daily temperatures are going to rise as high as 6 C by Saturday.
So while Toronto may be colder than parts of Antarctica today, we'll be facing the same sunny weather as Vancouver by the weekend.
Luckily, it looks like Torontonians will be able to see more of the warmth this spring.
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, spring in Ontario will be warmer than normal this year, so we hopefully won't be needing our winter jackets for much longer.