The city’s chief medical officer has issued an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures are expected to drop significantly Tuesday night.
According to Environment Canada, temperatures should drop to -17 C with windchill late Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning.
Temperatures are supposed to rise to -4 C by Wednesday afternoon.
The alert will be in effect “until further notice,” the city said.
Typically, the city issues an extreme weather alert when Environment and Climate Change Canada forecast a temperature of -15 C or colder, or a windchill of -20 C or colder.
“Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death. Frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes and, in severe cases, can lead to amputation when deeper tissues freeze,” the city warned in a statement.
The city is opening a warming centre at Metro Hall as part of the alert, as well as expanding street outreach and making transit tokens available at shelters. The centre will be open until the alert is cancelled.
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