Extreme cold weather alert remains in effect for Toronto

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WATCH ABOVE: Officials are reminding residents to check up on seniors and the vulnerable and call 311 if someone is in need outside. Peter Kim reports – Jan 3, 2016

TORONTO – If you’ve gotten used to the mostly balmy weather of this winter, the next couple of days could be a shock.

Toronto’s medical officer of health has extended an extreme cold weather alert issued on Sunday as temperatures hit -15 degrees or -25 with the windchill on Monday.

The cities issue cold weather alerts when Environment Canada forecasts temperatures below -15 C, or a wind chill of -20.

Dr. David McKeown warned Torontonians to seek shelter and keep an eye on loved ones as such cold conditions can bring a number of health risks, ranging from frostbite to hypothermia or even organ failure and death.

Those at greatest risk include people working outdoors, anyone with pre-existing heart or respiratory problems, young children and the homeless.

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WATCH: Ross Hull has all the details on how cold it will get and how long it will last. 
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Extreme cold weather alerts issued for Toronto, Hamilton – Jan 3, 2016

During cold weather alerts the city opens additional services for the homeless, including additional shelter beds and 24-hour drop-in centres providing warm food and drinks.

To combat the cold, McKeown suggested dressing in layers, and ensuring the outermost one is windproof. Cover exposed skin, wear hats, gloves or mittens and warm boots.

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