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Extreme cold weather alert issued for Toronto

Last Updated Jan 12, 2019 at 8:43 am EDT

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With the frigid temperatures continuing over the weekend, Toronto’s medical officer of health has issued the second extreme cold weather alert this week for the city

The alert, which was issued on Saturday morning, will remain in effect until further notice and means temperatures are expected to hit -15 C with wind chills feeling like -20 or colder.

The issuing of the alert means there will be extra street outreach for vulnerable residents and warming centres will be open.

“Extreme cold weather alerts activate local services that focus on getting and keeping vulnerable residents inside,” the city said in a release.

“A warming centre is open at Metro Hall by 7 p.m. the day an alert is called, and remains open continuously until noon on the day an alert is terminated. Other services include notification to community agencies to relax any service restrictions, availability of transit tokens in some drop-ins, and additional overnight street outreach.”

680NEWS Weather Specialist Denise says while the high Saturday is -5C, it’s expected to get bitterly cold overnight with lows near -15C, feeling like -19.

Sunday’s high will only reach -7C.