City of Toronto issues Extreme Cold Weather Alert

Jan 5 2017, 9:43 pm

Yesterday we told you that it was going to hit -15°C in Toronto by the weekend.

Well, we were wrong – it’s already done it. And the City of Toronto has issued an Extreme Cole Weather Alert for today, January 5, as a result.

According to a release from the City, “Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15ºC or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.”

At the time of writing this article, The Weather Network says it currently ‘feels like’ -14°C in Toronto, while Environment Canada concludes that with the wind chill factor, outside temperatures in Toronto are already resting at -17°C.

And it’s 9 am.

By tonight, it’s going to feel more like -20°C in Toronto. But hey, at least there’s no snow…right?

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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