It could feel as cold as -35°C in Toronto tonight

Jan 29 2019, 2:50 pm

The huge snowstorm may have passed, but the freezing temperatures aren’t going away any time soon.

An extreme cold weather warning was issued for Toronto on Tuesday, as prolonged periods of very cold wind chills are expected from now until Friday.

According to Environment Canada, a frigid arctic air mass and strong winds will result in windchill values of -30°C to -35°C tonight through to Friday morning.

“Cold arctic air will settle over Southern Ontario tonight. Overnight low temperatures between minus 20 and minus 25 degrees combined with winds gusting between 50 and 70 km/h will result in wind chill values in the range of minus 30 to minus 35,” said the weather agency.

Wednesday is forecasted to be the coldest day this week and temperatures are going to dip nearly -10°C to a chilly -16°C, which will feel more like -32°C with the windchill.

There is also a 40% chance on flurries for Wednesday afternoon, so it could get ugly in the city.

Environment Canada

With this forecast, we’re on track for temperatures to dip below 2014’s Polar Vortex record in Toronto, when it became one of the coldest winters on record for most of eastern North America.

In 2014, Toronto’s temperature dropped below -19°C for the first time in nine years, with a temperature of -22°C. As Arctic air continued to spread, Ontario saw widespread temperatures in the -30s and -40s range.

And this week in Ontario, the second shot of Arctic air will dive into the region as forecasted by the Weather Network, and dangerous wind chills in the -30s and -40s are expected for much of the week.

Environment Canada is reminding everyone to cover up because frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin.

The agency also said that if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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