February 25, 2016 8:37 am
Updated: February 25, 2016 8:41 am

Extreme cold weather alert issued for Toronto

Steam rises from Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch


Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert for Thursday as the temperature is expected to fall to -12C this evening.

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.

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.

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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