The City of Toronto has issued its first Extreme Cold Weather Alert of 2019.
According to the City, the alert will be in effect until further notice.
Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued by the City when the temperature is forecast to reach -15ºC or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20ºC or colder.
Environment Canada is forecasting mainly cloudy skies in Toronto for Thursday, with 60% chance of flurries. Winds will gust to 60/hr and although the high will be -6ºC, the wind chill will make it feel near -18ºC during the day.
The City says that exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health.
“Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death,” warns the City of Toronto. “Frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes and, in severe cases, can lead to amputation when deeper tissues freeze.”
The City of Toronto is encouraging members of the public to take the following precautions:
Stay warm out there, Toronto.