Toronto dipped just below -20 C Wednesday morning, the coldest it’s been since January 2011, but with the wind chill, it felt closer to -26 C . The city has been under an extreme cold weather alert since Monday after enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures through December and early January.
Ottawa, where a wind chill warning is in effect, is also being lashed by the chilly blast. The city shivered through its coldest morning in eight years on Wednesday after hitting -28 C. It will only get colder in the capital, with Environment Canada calling for a low of -29 Wednesday night with a wind chill of -38 C. Thursday the high will hit -19, with a wind chill of -42.
A wind chill warning is also in effect in Montreal, where the city is predicted to hit a high of just -23 on Wednesday, but a freezing breeze will make it feel -38. Gusts to 50 km/h will mean a high of just -16 on Thursday with a wind chill of -32.
Snow squalls also ripped through parts of Ontario overnight, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson. Squall warnings are still in effect for parts of Bruce County, and below-seasonal temperatures are expected through Saturday, Coulson said.
But with a warm front expected early next week, Toronto’s average temperature for January could still be higher than normal, Coulson added. The city’s average temperature through Tuesday was -1.2 C, compared to the normal average of -6.3 C.