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Toronto just broke a 57-year-old extreme cold record

Ainsley Smith Dec 28, 2017 6:39 am 19,150

With most of Ontario is under an extreme cold alert and Niagara Falls practically freezing over, it almost comes as no surprise that Toronto’s recent cold streak has just broken an extreme cold record.

In fact, the bone-chilling weather that Toronto has been dealing with as of late has just smashed a 57-year-old winter temperature record.

The temperature recorded at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport averaged out at -22°C this morning. The previous record set for December 28 was set back in 1960 when the temperature reached -18.9°C.

An extreme cold weather alert is still in effect for the Greater Toronto Area and indeed much of Ontario, while almost all cities in Canada are experiencing wintry weather.

And according to Environment Canada, Toronto is going to experience a slight warming, so the cold weather won’t be going away anytime soon.

Currently, Environment Canada is calling for mainly cloudy skies today, but you shouldn’t let that fool you. With an expected high of -20°C and winds up to 15 km/h, it’s going to feel closer to -28°C throughout the day.


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Environment Canada

If you happen to make the questionable decision to venture outside today, make sure to dress warmly and in layers that can be removed, with the outer layer being wind resistant. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]
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