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Nathan Phillips Square New Year's Eve celebration shortened due to weather

Last Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm EDT

The City of Toronto has announced that the New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square has been shortened due to current extreme cold weather conditions.

New Year’s Eve may be the chilliest in 50 years with the temperature expected to be –22 Celsius (–30 with the wind chill). The previous record was set in 1968 when the temperature was –21.8.

Officials say the event will begin shortly before midnight with a live DJ set, followed by a countdown to the fireworks display at midnight.

The City will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 48 hours and make further adjustments, if necessary.

This comes after Ottawa announced a scaled back New Year’s Eve celebration on Parliament Hill due to cold weather.