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Extreme cold hits Toronto area, breaking another temperature record

Last Updated Nov 13, 2019 at 7:17 am PDT

FILE - 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
Summary

The temperature dropped down to -11.2 C in Toronto, beating the previous record of cold on this day

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

TORONTO (680 NEWS) – The Greater Toronto Area woke 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 International Airport hit -11.2 C, which beat the record of -9.6 C set in 1986 and making it the coldest Nov. 13 on record.

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 activates services to help get vulnerable residents inside. The city also opened up a warming centre at Metro Hall.

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.

Winter still doesn’t officially arrive until Dec. 21.