Extreme cold alert issued for Toronto

Toronto again issued an extreme cold alert for the second time this week as freezing temperatures are expected on Friday.

Today’s high is expected to be -6°C in Toronto, but it will feel like -18°C with the wind chill, according to Environment Canada.

The National Weather Agency warns that today’s weather conditions pose a risk of frostbite.

In anticipation of cold weather forecast for the next 24 hours, Toronto’s medical officer of health issued an extremely cold weather alert on Friday morning. The alert will remain in effect until further notice.

Today’s alert follows one issued by the city on Monday when the temperature hit -20C with the wind chill.

Extreme cold weather alerts are typically issued when temperatures are forecast to reach -15 C or lower, or when wind chill is forecast to reach -20 C or lower. Other weather-related factors may also be considered.

The city says its warm-up centers will remain open at 129 Peter St., 5800 Yonge St. and Exhibition Place, Better Living Center at 195 Princes’ Blvd.

A fourth warming center will also open today at 7 p.m. at 1684 Queen Street East.

Warming centers typically stay open until noon on the day an alert is over.

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