The deep-freeze has thawed slightly — enough for the city to end its extreme cold weather alert — but the GTA is in for an unmistakably wintery day.
A cold front swooped down from the Arctic Monday, thumping Southern Ontario with plunging temperatures and bone-chilling winds.
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By 6 a.m., the temperature was sitting at —15C, but felt more like —25C with the wind chill.
The temperature was climbing into the afternoon, passing the —15C threshold for the extreme cold weather alert.
Outreach workers were on the streets through the night, encouraging homeless people to move to shelters and city shelters opened 168 extra spaces to deal with an expected influx, but only 38 of those emergency beds were used, said city spokesperson Patricia Anderson.
Today’s high is expected to be —2C and Thursday should see 1C.