This morning, we woke up to the news that it was the coldest January 5 on the record in Toronto.
And Environment Canada has announced that the freezing temperatures are lingering throughout the evening.
Currently, an Arctic ridge of high pressure is bringing cold temperatures and brisk northwesterly winds to Southern Ontario.
Windchill values are not expected to recover too much throughout the afternoon before dropping this evening and overnight to values ranging from minus -35°C and -42°C.
Environment Canada is advising the people of Toronto to remember to check on older family, friends and neighbours during this extreme cold alert, which can increase chances of health risks such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Environment Canada has also recommended that drivers should keep emergency supplies in their vehicles such as extra blankets and jumper cables.
If you do go outside this evening, watch for colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling. If present, move indoors and begin warming.
Remember, if you see someone outside in need of assistance this winter to call 311. In case of an emergency (for example, a person lying on the street with skin exposed), please call 911.
Finally, if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.