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Canada 'Bitterly cold wind chills near -30': Extreme cold alert issued for much of the GTA

13:00  14 february  2020
13:00  14 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Much of the GTA is bracing for a significant temperature plunge overnight and early Friday with extreme cold weather alerts issued by Environment Canada. The alerts are prompted by forecast temperatures of –21 C or colder , or an expected wind chill of – 30 . " Bitterly cold wind chills near

Environment Canada warns of “ bitterly cold wind chills near - 30 are expected “ Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert , members of the public are encouraged to take the following precautions.

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chills create an elevated risk to health, such as frostbite and hypothermia. © Martin Trainor/CBC Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chills create an elevated risk to health, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Much of the GTA is bracing for a significant temperature plunge overnight and early Friday with extreme cold weather alerts issued by Environment Canada.

The alerts are prompted by forecast temperatures of –21 C or colder, or an expected wind chill of –30. 

"Bitterly cold wind chills near –30 are expected overnight and into Friday morning," the federal weather agency said.

"Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle such as extra blankets and jumper cables. Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up."

Edmonton area under extreme cold warning, -40 C wind chill expected

  Edmonton area under extreme cold warning, -40 C wind chill expected All of northern and northeastern Alberta was placed under an extreme cold warning Monday afternoon, following a dip in temperatures across the region. "The snow that fell overnight last night into this morning was associated with a cold front that was pushing through ahead of a dome of cold arctic air, which will sit over the area into tomorrow," Sarah Hoffman, Environment Canada meteorologist, said. Edmonton is set to see a low of -23 C overnight Monday, with wind chill making that feel like -28. Outlying areas around the city could see it drop down to -40, according to Environment Canada.

“ Bitterly cold wind chills near - 30 are expected overnight and into Friday morning,” the weather agency said in its warning Thursday. The City of Toronto has also issued its own extreme cold weather alert for the city ahead of the bone- chilling temperatures.

Wind chill values will remain below - 30 into Monday as winds ease, the agency said, but temperatures of -20 or colder are still expected into Environment Canada says while the snow has ended for the Greater Toronto Area, “ bitterly cold ” temperatures are expected to continue into the start of the week.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chills create an elevated risk to health, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa says residents should help vulnerable people by calling 311 if there is a need for street outreach assistance, and call 911 if the situation is an emergency.

Winter services for homeless, under-housed people

During the alert, Metro Hall on John and Wellington streets will host a warming centre, continuing until noon on the day the alert is ended.

Other services activated during the alert include expanded services at community agencies, transit tokens and tickets for vulnerable people, and more street outreach.

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While Toronto remains under the City's Extreme Cold Weather Alert , Environment Canada has also “A frigid arctic air mass and strong winds will result in wind chill values near minus 30 today Additionally, Environment Canada says that “ bitterly cold arctic air” moved into Southern Ontario the Weather Network, and dangerous wind chills in the - 30 s and -40s are expected for much of the week.

A wind chill warning is issued by Environment Canada or the National Weather Service of the United States Under the new system the extreme cold warning is issued based on either the temperature or the wind dangerous arctic airmass to cause bitterly cold wind chills .

Meanwhile, York Region's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji said people should limit outdoor activities. Those who must be outside should dress appropriately in layers, wear hats, neck warmers, gloves, socks and windproof and waterproof clothing, she said,

"Hypothermia is a serious health condition that happens when body temperature drops dangerously low, starving your brain of oxygen and affecting your ability to think clearly or move well," Kurji said.

"Don't ignore shivering and look for the 'UMBLES' (mumbles, stumbles or fumbles), which may indicate hypothermia."

The City of Markham has also issued an extreme cold warning beginning overnight Thursday, as wind chill values are expected to fall to near –30 in the city.

The extreme cold warning is expected to remain in effect into Friday morning, the city said in a statement.

Did you hear it? Frost quakes rumble through southern Ontario .
'Loud cracks and bangs' heard across southern Ontario Thursday night as temperatures hit the coldest values of the season.As temperatures bottomed out late Thursday, people took to Twitter to report booming sounds and the ground shaking in the Toronto area -- likely the rare phenomenon known as cryoseism, or "frost quakes.

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