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Extreme cold weather alert issued for Toronto


Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert with dangerously low temperatures expected Sunday night.

680News Meterologist Harold Hosein said the mercury will plunge to -18 C overnight.

During an alert — usually called the morning before a frigid night — the city opens up more shelter spaces and encourages the homeless to come indoors.

Shelters also relax restrictions and drop-in centres stock TTC tokens so people can get to the lodgings.

A warming centre at Metro Hall will be open from 3 p.m. until the alert is cancelled. Hot drinks and light snacks will be handed out, and anyone needing a shelter bed can get help.

Alerts are called when Environment Canada predicts an overnight temperature of -15 C or lower without the wind, issues a wind chill warning or predicts extreme weather conditions.

Including Sunday night, Toronto will have been under an extreme cold weather alert for 26 days this winter.