It's not your imagination: this winter is colder than last
The city of Toronto declared an extreme cold weather alert Wednesday morning as Torontonians woke up to chilly temperatures plunging to -13 C, which felt more like -20 C with the wind chill.
Extreme cold weather alerts are issued by Toronto Public Health when the mercury is expected to hit -15 C without the wind chill.
The alerts trigger additional services for homeless people, including emergency shelters, drop-in centres, 24-hour street respite.
This is the city’s seventh extreme cold alert of the winter.
Last winter, the city issued the least amount of alerts in five years with just seven from November through to April.
Geoff Coulson from Environment Canada said by Wednesday night temperatures will dip to -23 or -24, factoring the wind chill, but the harsh winds are expected to die down by Thursday morning.
“The minus-degree weather should continue on Thursday and Friday, but we won’t have the wind to contend with,” he said.
Environment Canada is predicting it will be -15 C on Thursday and -16 on Friday, which are below seasonal.
Seasonal temperatures for this time of year are -2 C, said Coulson.
But the weekend brings some relief from the frigid weather, with temperatures rising above seasonal.
The high on Saturday will be 1 C and 4 C for Sunday and Monday.
--Daniela Germano, Staff Reporter