Toronto Opening Three Emergency Warming Centres as City Issues Extreme Cold Weather Alert
Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert as per today’s temperature forecast of -11 Celsius. The city will be opening three emergency warming centers this evening at 7 p.m. for people in need of shelter and warmth.
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen De Villa, issued the alert basing the decision on the weather forecast for today which is expected to fall as low as -11 Celsius and the wind chill could make it feel like -17 Celsius. In a news release, the city said, “Other factors may also be considered, such as predicted precipitation, low daytime temperatures, sudden drops in temperature, and consecutive days and nights of colder temperatures.”
Extreme cold weather alerts are called when temperatures are predicted to be -15 Celsius or colder with wind chill expected to make it feel like -20 Celsius or colder. The alerts will be in effect till further notice.