According to Environment Canada, as of 9 am in the centre of the universe it was already -11.4°C and -20°C with windchill.
Tonight, however, is aiming to be one of the coldest nights of the year with a projected low of -18°C and a windchill factor that leaves the city feeling more like -27°C.
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 18. Wind chill minus 27.
Such conditions leave many people in the city vulnerable, including children, the elderly, and the homeless population. During such extreme cold weather the City of Toronto encourages members of the public to take the following precautions:
Check the weather report before going outside.
Dress in layers, making sure your outer layer is windproof, and cover exposed skin.
Wear a hat, warm mittens or gloves, and warm boots.
Stay dry. Your risk of hypothermia is much greater if you are wet.
Choose wool or synthetic fabrics for your clothes instead of cotton, because cotton stops keeping you warm once it gets wet.
Seek shelter if you normally spend long periods outside. Depending on the wind chill, exposed skin can freeze in minutes.
Drink warm fluids, other than alcohol.
Warm up by taking regular breaks in heated buildings when enjoying winter activities outside.
Consider rescheduling outdoor activities, or limiting time outdoors, during colder temperatures, especially if it’s windy.
Heat your home to at least 21ºC if infants or elderly people are present.
Call or visit vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are not experiencing any difficulties related to the weather.
If you see someone in need tonight due to the cold weather you’re encouraged to call 311. As always, in an emergency call 911.