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Toronto remains under extreme cold weather alert

The City of Toronto remains under an extreme cold weather alert.

The alert is issued when Environment Canada predicts an overnight temperature of -15 C or lower.

During the alert, extra shelter spaces are made available for the homeless and overnight street outreach is increased in the downtown core to get the homeless in from the cold.

TTC tokens are also offered so that people can use public transit to get to shelters.

A special weather statement issued Monday afternoon is still in effect for Toronto and the GTA, warning of cold temperatures with northwesterly winds of 20 km/h for Tuesday.

Environment Canada said temperatures fell well below the freezing mark on Friday morning and are expected to drop further into the night.

There’s concern the ice-covered tree branches could fall as the winds pick up and break more power lines.

The extreme cold weather alert for Toronto comes on the heels of a widespread power outage due to Saturday’s ice storm.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai says Wednesday’s high will be -5 C with a wind chill of -12.

Click here for the full forecast.