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Toronto under extreme cold weather, wind chill warnings

The City of Toronto has issued another extreme cold weather alert followed by a wind chill warning from Environment Canada.

The extreme cold weather alert, which is in effect until further notice, is called when there is increased danger to homeless people from extreme cold or extreme winter weather conditions.

“It’ll be very cold for the next 36 hours,” 680News meteorologist Harold Hosein said.  “We should be dressing for wind chills of -20 to -30 and an extreme cold weather alert is in effect for the GTA.”

Last Monday, city officials issued an extreme cold weather alert that lasted until Friday. Toronto has been under an extreme cold weather alert for 31 days this season.

An alert is called in the morning when Environment Canada predicts a coming overnight temperature of -15 C or lower without wind chill. Both the weather agency and Hosein are forecasting an overnight low of -22 C. With the wind chill, it’ll feel like -30s overnight and into Monday morning, the federal weather forecaster said.

During an extreme cold weather alert:

• shelters are directed to relax any existing service restrictions.
• overnight street outreach is increased in the downtown core.
• TTC tokens are available at some drop-ins so people can use public transit to get to shelters.
• Metro Hall is automatically opened as a warming centre at 3 p.m. on the day an alert is called.

Toronto is expected to be sunny, windy and very cold on Monday with a high of -13 C, Hosein said.

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