It appears the frigid cold of winter has arrived, and it won’t be leaving us anytime soon.
An extreme cold weather alert has been issued for the city of Toronto, and the Medical Officer of Health says that will remain in effect until further notice.
A high of -7 is expected on Thursday, but the windchill will make it feel much colder.
As of 8:00 a.m., it was only -16, but sunny.
A high of -4 is expected on Friday, with scattered flurries but then it’s back into the deep freeze.
The forecast calls for sunshine on Saturday, but a daytime high of only -16.
It’ll be a bit warmer on Sunday, Valentine’s Day, with a high of -10.
Dr. David McKeown is reminding you prolonged exposure to the cold can be harmful to your health, and frostbite and hypothermia can set in within minutes.
It’s best to dress in layers and make sure all exposed skin is covered, if you have to be outside.
When such an alert is called, extra services are activated for those living on the streets: extra shelter beds are opened up and TTC tokens are handed out so they can get to a shelter, and there is increased street outreach.
If you see someone who may need assistance, you’re asked to call 311, or 911 for medical emergencies.