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Extreme cold weather alert in Toronto


Bundled up against the cold
Bundled up against the cold

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 30, 2011 — The City of Toronto has activated an extreme cold weather alert. It will be in effect until further notice.

It's important to dress your pets for the weather.
It's important to dress your pets for the weather.

A snap of cold air is on the way for Toronto and to help the homeless, the city has issued an extreme cold weather alert.

“Arctic air from the Prairies is sweeping the region and the result is frigid temperatures,” explains Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.

Temperatures will continue to drop steadily throughout the day on Sunday and by the evening, the mercury will plunge to -17°C, with the windchill it'll feel closer to -24.

With the severe conditions, the city has activated the alert to help get homeless people in from the cold. The alert is in effect until further notice.

Forecast models for Wednesday snowstorm.
Forecast models for Wednesday snowstorm.

During an extreme cold weather alert, street outreach workers focus on getting people inside and providing transportation to shelter or overnight respite. In addition to the outreach, during an alert, 171 shelter spaces are added and any service restrictions are relaxed.

An alert is activated when Environment Canada predicts a temperature of -15°C or lower, or -15 or below with the wind chill.

The cold temperatures will continue through the long range, with Monday feeling closer to -20. Come Groundhog Day, a massive winter storm is expected to tear through southern Ontario resulting in more than 10 cm of snow.

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