February 17, 2016 8:35 am
Updated: February 17, 2016 8:56 am

City of Toronto under extreme cold weather alert

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.


Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today as the temperature is expected to fall to -10C Wednesday afternoon and dip to -15C overnight.

The advisory is issued when Environment Canada forecasts a temperature of -15C or colder or a wind chill of -20 or colder in the City of Toronto.

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The alert triggers cold weather services for homeless people, including TTC tokens for people to get to shelter, increased street outreach, and a direction to shelters to relax any service restrictions in place.

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During January and February, two 24-hour extreme cold weather drop-ins are made available.

The public is encouraged to check on vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are safe as the weather conditions change.

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