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Extreme cold warning ends for southern Ontario

Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 10:42 am EDT

FILE - A man walks his dog across the snow covered beach while a cargo ship sits in the steaming fog of Lake Ontario in Toronto on Wednesday December 27, 2017. Extreme cold temperatures have covered much of North America bringing arctic like conditions. (FILE/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Forget the roses and chocolates, a heated blanket or a space heater might be more appropriate gifts for your sweetheart on this frigid Valentine’s Day.

Environment Canada has ended its extreme cold warning but it was still a frigid start to the day.

“Likely the coldest day today that we’ve seen so far this winter. Temperatures getting close to -20 C in the early morning hours, wind chill between -27 and about -30,” CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles explained.

“By the afternoon (temperatures will be) heading up a high of -8 C, going to feel like -13 C with a sunny sky.”

Both the City of Toronto and Environment Canada issued an extreme cold weather alerts on Thursday, ahead of the temperature drop overnight.

“Bitterly cold wind chills near -30 C are expected overnight and into Friday morning,” the federal agency said.

The City of Toronto alert remains in place.

The alert mobilizes resources to help citizens deal with the cold weather — warming centres were opened and extra services for vulnerable citizens, such as the homeless, were made available.

“Extreme cold weather alerts are issued when the temperature in the daily forecast suggests temperatures will reach approximately -15 C or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 C or colder,” a city news release said Thursday.

“The Medical Officer of Health may also consider other weather-related factors when issuing extreme cold weather alerts.”

Be sure to check the CityNews and 680News weather pages for frequent updates.