Extreme cold weather alert issued for Toronto

An extreme cold weather alert has been issued for Toronto on Jan. 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Toronto’s medical officer of health has issued an extreme cold weather alert as the temperature is expected to reach -18 C with the windchill on Thursday.

The advisory is issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 C or colder, or with a wind chill of -20 C or colder.

The conditions are expected to remain frigid Thursday evening with a low of -15 C and -24 C with the windchill overnight.

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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.

A warming centre is open at Metro Hall by 7 p.m. the day an alert is called, and remains open continuously until noon on the day an alert is terminated.

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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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