Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued an extreme cold weather alert, which will remain in effect until further notice.
A high of -5 is expected Wednesday, but the wind chill, it will feel much colder.
As of 9:00 a.m. it felt like it was about -18 with the wind.
Overnight the temperature is expected to drop to -15 overnight.
Dr. David McKeown says 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 for medical emergencies, call 911.