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Extreme cold hits the GTA, breaking another temperature record

Last Updated Nov 13, 2019 at 12:15 pm EST

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

The GTA is waking up to a windchill near -20 on Wednesday morning — the second-straight day of record-breaking cold in the region.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said at 2 a.m., the temperature without the windchill at Pearson airport hit -11.2 C, which beat the record of -9.6 C set in 1986.

The region also broke a temperature record of -7.9 C on Tuesday, surpassing the -7.8 C record set in 1937.

Later in the day, the City of Toronto issued an extreme cold weather alert due to plummeting temperatures overnight. The alert was lifted just after noon on Wednesday.

Taylor said while many areas saw record lows this morning, the good news is that milder temperatures are on the horizon.

The windchill is expected to improve by the afternoon to near -8.

Thursday is not expected to be as cold with a high near 1 C.

In case you are wondering, winter doesn’t officially arrive until Dec. 21.