Extreme cold weather alert remains in effect for Toronto

Dec 30 2017, 4:12 pm

If you haven’t noticed, it’s still freezing outside.

Environment Canada’s extreme cold weather warning for Toronto remains in effect.

“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions,” said Environment Canada in a statement. ‘

According to the weather agency, tonight’s temperature will dip down to -32°C  with the wind chill.

Environment Canada

Environment Canada

The City of Toronto has also scaled back its New Year’s Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square due to the freezing weather.

During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, 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.
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