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Bitter cold grips Toronto, closing holiday fair for Wednesday

Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 5:57 am EST

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Feb. 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

First there was the snow, and now comes the cold. The frigid temperatures arrived in the GTA late Tuesday and has not loosened its grip on the region.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor says it will feel like -20 C with the wind on Wednesday morning. The windchill will drop slightly to -14 by the afternoon, but will then dip again to -24 overnight.

On Tuesday, the City of Toronto issued an extreme cold weather alert for the city. Extreme cold weather alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 C Celsius or colder, or when the windchill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.

During an extreme cold weather alert, extra services are made available for the homeless.

If you’re planning to go to the Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square, it will be closed Wednesday due to the cold. Officials say they plan to reopen on Thursday.

The Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square is closed on Dec. 13, 2017, due to the cold weather. CITYNEWS
The Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square is closed on Dec. 13, 2017, due to the cold weather. CITYNEWS

 

Meanwhile, problems persist at Pearson International Airport in the wake of the GTA’s first significant snowfall of the year. At one point, around 400 flights were cancelled. As of 5 a.m. on Wednesday, there were 60 cancelled flights in and out of the airport.