March 2, 2016 8:32 am

Extreme cold weather alert issued for City of Toronto

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch


Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert for Wednesday as the temperature is expected to fall to -14C 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.

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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.

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

READ MORE: Hundreds of flights cancelled at Toronto Pearson Airport due to winter weather

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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