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Toronto issues first extreme cold weather alert for the season

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Feb. 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Winter doesn’t officially arrive until late December but it will sure feel like it by Wednesday night.

Toronto’s medical officer of health has issued an extreme cold weather alert for the city — the first one of the season.

The city issues the alert when temperatures are forecast to reach -15 C or colder, or when the windchill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the temperature will fall to -12 C by nightfall but it will feel like – 19 C with the windchill. The record low for November 22 was -12.4 C set in 1989.

During an extreme cold weather alert, the city activates various services to help get the homeless and other vulnerable residents inside, including more overnight outreach and a warming centre at Metro Hall. The warming centre is open by 7 p.m. the day an alert is issued and stays open until noon the next day.

The extreme cold weather alert will be in effect until further notice.