Get ready to bundle up! An Extreme Cold Weather alert has been issued by the City of Toronto.
According to Environment Canada the temperature in Toronto is expected to drop to minus 12 degrees overnight and with the wind-chill it will feel colder than minus 20.
During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, members of the public are encouraged to take the following precautions:
- Dress in layers, making sure your outer layer is windproof, and cover exposed skin.
- Wear a hat, warm mittens or gloves, and warm boots.
- Stay dry. Your risk of hypothermia is much greater if you are wet.
- Choose wool or synthetic fabrics for clothes instead of cotton, because cotton stops keeping you warm once it gets wet.
- People who normally spend long periods outside should seek shelter. Depending on the wind chill, exposed skin can freeze in minutes.
- Avoid alcohol as it increases blood flow. You may feel warm even though you are losing body heat.
- Consider rescheduling outdoor activities, or limiting time outdoors, especially if it’s windy.
- Keep home heating at 21ºC or warmer if babies or elderly people are present.
Toronto residents who see someone on the street who needs outreach assistance – which may include a shelter bed due to the cold temperatures – should call 311. For medical emergencies, call 911.