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Frigid temperatures for first week of March

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Mar 4th, 2019

Winter’s icy grip won’t let go, as well below seasonal temperatures are expected this week in the GTA.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the high on Monday is forecast to reach -6 C but it will feel more like -14 with the wind.

“The average high is 2 C — we’ll be below that for the highs this week,” Taylor said.

Environment Canada’s senior meteorologist Mark Schuster said the cold can be blamed on a dome of Arctic Air that’s been lingering over Ontario and it is not expected to go away anytime soon.

“Normally at this time of year we expect a daytime high of 3 C and a low of -6 C. We are going to 10-15 C colder than that — so considerably below normal but by no means record breaking,” he said.

Schuster said the record for early March are in the -20 C range.

On Sunday, Toronto’s medical officer of health issued an extreme cold weather alert ahead of the temperature plunge.

Extreme cold weather alerts are issued when temperatures are estimated to reach -15 C or colder or when the windchill is forecast to hit -20 or colder.

The extreme cold weather alert also activates a number of local services, such as opening up warming centres and assisting in getting some of the city’s most vulnerable people off the street.

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