The City of Toronto has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert ahead of freezing conditions expected over the next 24 hours.
The alert will be in effect until further notice, the city said.
According to The Weather Network’s forecast, it will feel like -17°C by 7 pm on Sunday, and temperatures will continue to fall throughout the night.
By early Monday morning it will feel like -22°C in the city.
The cold weather will continue throughout the first day of the week, as it’s expected to feel like -18°C by 8 am Monday morning.
Although it will be sunny throughout the day, a few flurries are in the forecast for Monday night and into Tuesday.
According to the city, “Extreme Cold Weather Alerts” are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15°C or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20°C or colder.
The alert activates services that focus on getting vulnerable residents inside, such as warming centres.
The centres are located at 129 Peter Street, 5800 Yonge Street, 195 Princes’ Boulevard (Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre), and 150 Borough Drive (Scarborough Civic Centre).
The warming centres will open at 7 pm on Sunday, and will remain active throughout the Extreme Cold Weather Alert.
The city is asking the public to take several precautions while the alert is active, including dressing in layers and covering exposed skin.
As well, make sure to check on family and friends, especially older adults who live alone, to make sure they are keeping warm.