Extreme cold warning lifted for GTA as temperatures rise from record low
Steam rises as a man looks out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016. (Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Dario Balca, CTV Toronto
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:43AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 14, 2016 4:46PM EST
Environment Canada has ended an extreme cold warning for Toronto and the GTA after nearly two days of record-breaking low temperatures.
Temperatures hit -23 C on Sunday morning and felt like -29 C with wind chill. By Sunday afternoon, temperatures had reached -11 C.
On Sunday, many parts of eastern and central Canada broke previous Valentine’s Day records.
Barrie, Ont. reached -33.3 C, which broke a Feb. 14 record set in 1879. In Welland, Ont., the mercury dropped to -26.9 C, beating a previous record set in 1885.
Sunday temperatures capped off a weekend of record lows.
According to Environment Canada, temperatures hit -26 C Saturday morning and felt like -41 C with wind chill, making it the coldest Feb. 13 on record for Toronto. Conditions are improved slightly on Saturday afternoon, but then fell below -30 C in the evening.
On Saturday, Oshawa also experienced a record-breaking -27 C. Its previous record of - 23 C was set in 1979.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when cold temperatures or the wind chill creates an “elevated risk” to health, including frostbite and hypothermia.
Members of the public were encouraged to dress appropriately for the cold weather by wearing layers of clothing and warm socks, gloves, hats and a scarf.
Detailed weather information is available on the Environment Canada website.
With files from The Canadian Press