The City of Toronto has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert (ECWA), due to freezing temperatures over the next 24 hours.
On Thursday, the City said the decision was made based on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s forecast and the Office of Emergency Management, in consultation with the Medical Officer of Health.
The ECWA was issued Toronto in anticipation of the cold weather conditions within the next 24 hours and will be in effect until further notice.
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 Weather Network has forecasted that Toronto will see a mix of sun and clouds on Thursday, with temperatures falling to -7°C this afternoon, continuing to drop to -10°C into the evening hours but it will feel more like -17°C with the wind chill.
It is expected to drop even further in the night to -14°C, feeling more like -22°C overnight.
The cold temperatures will continue through Friday, with a high of -7°C, but will feel like -13°C.
Temperatures are expected to remain relatively low through the weekend and into next week.
On February 7, the City activated its Warming Centres, which will remain open during the ECWA. Additional Streets to Homes teams who were also activated and will continue to provide enhanced street outreach response “to help support and encourage those living outside to come indoors.”
The Warming Centres are located at: 129 Peter St.; 5800 Yonge St.; Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre; and Scarborough Civic Centre.
According to the City the Warming Centres follow ongoing COVID-19 protocols.
The City is also asking that residents help vulnerable people by calling 311 if there is a need for street outreach assistance, or to call 911 if the situation is an emergency.