Toronto ends extreme cold weather alert

Toronto’s medical officer of health has ended an extreme cold weather alert issued on Friday.

Dr. David McKeown made the announcement on Saturday.

A statement from the city said its 24-hour emergency drop-in centres would be closed by 10 a.m.

Although it felt like -20 with the wind early in the morning, the temperature will rise to a high of 2 C in the evening, according to 680News meteorologist Harold Hosein.

He said there will be wet snow or a rain-snow mix in the GTA on Saturday night.

The city issues extreme cold weather alerts when Environment Canada forecasts a low of -15 C or colder.

The alert was lifted on the same day that auxiliary police officers, students and more than 150 volunteers took part in the 16th annual “Project Winter Survival.”

The initiative aims to pack 3,000 winter survival kits for the homeless across the GTA and surrounding areas.

The kits will be picked up and distributed to those in need through more than 150 homeless shelters and outreach programs.

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