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Extreme cold weather alert issued for city of Toronto

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Dec 19th, 2016

A thermometre, showing -25C, is partially encaissed in ice, on Friday Jan. 12, 2007 in Regina, Sask. Regina residents woke up to temperatures reaching -48C on Friday. (CP PHOTO/Troy Fleece) Canada

The city of Toronto is under an extreme cold weather alert.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, issued the alert Sunday morning, saying it will be in effect until further notice.

While the light snow and overcast conditions are expected to give way to sunny skies, temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day and with the wind chill factored in, it will feel closer to -16 by 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Extreme cold weather alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 C or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.

During an alert, you’re asked to dress in layers and cover up exposed skin, which can freeze in minutes.

Also, you’re asked to call or visit friends, neighbours and family who may experience difficulties in these dangerous weather situations.

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