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Wind chill expected to drop to near -30 C on Wednesday

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jan 7th, 2015

An extreme cold warning remains in effect for much of Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, as the wind chill is expected to drop to near -30 on Wednesday.

The warning from Environment Canada, which advises anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk of frostbite and hypothermia, was issued on Tuesday on Day 2 of the deep freeze in the GTA and continues into Wednesday.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said the mercury will drop to -17 C later on Wednesday with wind chill values near -30. It will be mainly cloudy and windy with a chance of flurries.

The City of Toronto is also expected to issue an extreme cold weather alert.

“The current forecast indicates that the criteria for a City of Toronto extreme cold weather alert will be in place tomorrow, Jan. 7,” Toronto Public Health said in a release.

“Low temperatures are expected very early tomorrow morning, reaching -15 C by 9 a.m. City of Toronto and community services which respond to extreme cold weather alerts will initiate services in time to support vulnerable individuals.”

Some have questioned why the city didn’t issue an extreme cold weather alert earlier this week. Dr. Howard Shapiro, Toronto Public Health, said one wasn’t warranted.

“Based on our criteria it’s quite clear that it shouldn’t have (been issued). I’m pretty confident that we made the right call,” Shapiro said.

The alerts are issued when temperatures plunge to -15 C.

In Toronto, extra services have already been made available for the homeless and emergency and outreach workers are also on alert.

The city opened two 24-hour, extreme weather drop-in centres on Tuesday night, and shelters have been directed to relax any service restrictions.

The moves came hours after the deaths of two men who were found outside in the cold sparked protests and calls for action from Mayor John Tory.

Additional shelter spaces have been opened for men and women, and street outreach and transportation services are being increased.

If you see someone on the street who needs help, you can call 311. Or, if you know anyone who needs emergency shelter, call 311 or 1-877-338-3398.

Click here for more information on how to help the vulnerable during cold weather.

Click here for more information on extreme cold weather alerts and the services they trigger.

The Toronto District School Board also the bitter cold temperatures may affect students, saying children are kept indoors whenever the temperature and wind chill hit -28 degrees or lower. The board also said recess and lunch may be shortened or cancelled if the temperature and windchill measure between -20 and -28 degrees.


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