Winter’s icy grip won’t let go, as well-below seasonal temperatures are expected this week in the GTA.
680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the high on Monday is forecast to reach -6 C but it will feel more like -14 with the wind.
“The average high is 2 C — we’ll be below that for the highs this week,” Taylor said.
Environment Canada’s senior meteorologist Mark Schuster said the cold can be blamed on a dome of Arctic Air that’s been lingering over Ontario and it is not expected to go away anytime soon.
“Normally at this time of year we expect a daytime high of 3 C and a low of -6 C. We are going to 10-15 C colder than that — so considerably below normal but by no means record breaking,” he said.
Schuster said the record for early March are in the -20 C range.
On Sunday, Toronto’s medical officer of health issued an extreme cold weather alert ahead of the temperature plunge.
Extreme cold weather alerts are issued when temperatures are estimated to reach -15 C or colder or when the windchill is forecast to hit -20 or colder.
The extreme cold weather alert also activates a number of local services, such as opening up warming centres and assisting in getting some of the city’s most vulnerable people off the street.