Toronto's extreme cold weather alert to end after freezing cold night

Toronto's extreme cold weather alert to end after freezing cold night

After a night that felt like -24 C, Toronto's top health official will end the extreme cold weather alert for the city at noon on Friday.

Temperatures dropped overnight with a low of -14 C, but felt like -24 C with the wind chill.

By Friday afternoon temperatures will rise and sit around -6 C with a mix of sun and cloud, according to the federal weather agency.

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -9 C.

Despite the alert ending, service at several 24-hour respite sites across the city will continue according to a city news release.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures for the weekend will hover around -4 C to -5 C during the day.

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder. 

The alerts activate local services that focus on getting and keeping vulnerable residents inside.