Andrea Stockton, staff writer
December 9, 2010 — Temperatures are dropping and the city of Toronto issued an extreme cold weather alert on Wednesday as a way to offer support to those who are most vulnerable. The alert has since been dropped.
Toronto declared an extreme cold weather alert on Wednesday to help protect those living on the streets.
“Temperatures are well below seasonal,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “The normal temperature for this time of year is usually about 2°C, but the city of Toronto is feeling temperatures around -5°C. Overnight lows are also dipping to -12 degrees. ”
The alert was cancelled on Thursday.
The Extreme Cold Weather alert was originally issued by the city as an effort to provide additional support services to get homeless people in from the cold. Street outreach workers are on scene trying to convince people to get inside. Over 170 additional shelter spaces have been opened and transit tokens are available to get to the shelters as well.
Officials warn that anyone is vulnerable to frostbite in extreme cold conditions. The skin is usually affected when it's exposed to windchill and cold temperatures. Areas normally impacted include the ears, nose, jaw, hands and feet. Prolonged exposure to the frigid conditions can also result in hypothermia.
Anyone seeking shelter or who knows someone that needs shelter from the cold is encouraged to call Toronto city services at 311.
With files from Lyndsay Morrison