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Extreme cold weather alert ends for Toronto

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 1:01 pm EST

FILE - People wait to cross a street in Chinatown during a cold and windy day in Toronto on Thursday, January 10, 2019. The city declared an extreme cold alert. (FILE/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

An extreme cold weather alert for Toronto ended at noon on Monday.

“Based on information from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has terminated the Extreme Cold Weather Alert as of noon today. The warming centre at Metro Hall will remain open today and close at noon on January 21,” the city said in a release.

The alert was issued on Sunday when temperatures plummeted.

In a news release Sunday, the city said the medical officer of health issues these alerts only “when Environment Canada forecasts a temperature of -15 C or colder, or a wind chill of -20 C or colder.”

These alerts activate the city’s cold weather response plan, which includes opening more shelter spaces and warming centres for vulnerable citizens.

The cold temperatures come on the heels of a major snowstorm over the weekend.