Environment Canada issues extreme cold warning for Toronto... again

Dec 31 2017, 4:58 pm

Another day, another extreme cold warning in Toronto.

It’s been so cold in the city this past week that people have been skating on the harbour, waterfalls have frozen, and New Year’s Eve celebrations have even been forced to scale back. Environment Canada is forecasting a low of -22°C tonight with the wind chill making it feel more like -30°C.

The lowest temperature ever recorded on a New Year’s Eve in Toronto was back in 1962 when temperatures dropped to an icy -23.3°C.

As of noon today, the temperature in Toronto is -17°C with a wind chill factor of -23°C.

Extreme Cold Warning

A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills is expected.

2017 is about to end on a very cold note. A fresh surge of Arctic air is encompassing the entire province in its icy grip.

Although winds are relatively light, the extreme cold is expected to produce windchill values below minus 30 tonight. New Year’s Eve revellers are cautioned that windchill values will be near minus 30 late this evening as we ring in 2018.

Latest indications continue to show that these very cold conditions will persist into New Year’s Day, and possibly into Tuesday before moderating somewhat.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Check on older family, friends and neighbours.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

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