Short Term ForecastUpdated:Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 6:37EST
|Temp.||-28 °C||-21 °C||-24 °C||-32 °C||-28 °C|
|Wind||W 10 km/h||W 10 km/h||NW 5 km/h||NW 10 km/h||NW 20 km/h|
|Relative Humidity||71 %||76 %||76 %||91 %||91 %|
|P.O.P.||10 %||0 %||0 %||0 %||10 %|
Source: The Weather Newtwork / Ottawa
According to CBC News Tuesday night:
"….. The Arctic air mass responsible for double-digit windchill warnings will continue until the weekend, CBC News meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe reported Tuesday night. The high-pressure ridge is expected to move eastward through to the weekend when some areas of Canada will begin to see seasonable temperatures. That's small comfort to cities such as Ottawa, where the local health unit issued a frostbite warning earlier today when a wind chill forecast of -35C was issued ….
Homeless shelters open emergency beds
Staff at Toronto's homeless shelters opened an additional 172 shelter spaces overnight Monday for those caught in the bitter cold. The bone-chilling Toronto temperatures may have already claimed one man's life overnight. A homeless man was found without vital signs and hypothermic on Markham Road in the Scarborough neighbourhood. He later died in hospital.
City shelters in Montreal have been at over capacity all week. Temperatures felt like – 23 with the wind chill, below the season average, and are expected to reach – 38 by tonight. Some shelter services in the city are driving around and picking up people who are in need.
Environment Canada forecast Toronto temperatures late Monday and into early Tuesday morning to dip into –13 C without the wind chill, and a high of –11 C on Tuesday during the day. With the wind chill, it will feel like –25 in the city.
Officials in several provinces have warned drivers to be careful as severe winter conditions affect roads. There were no special weather statements or warnings issued for Toronto, but motorists in the Barrie, Collingwood and Hillsdale regions further northwest were told to brace for snow squalls and near-zero visibility on the roads from blowing snow.
Parts of northern Ontario are under wind chill warnings due to the Arctic air mass and gusts of around 15 km/h, which could bring wind chill values as low as –55 in the morning, though daytime heating is likely to bring that up closer to a still-blistering –45.
In Ottawa, the public health service issued a frostbite warning Tuesday evening that will continue until Thursday. Those seeking to help a homeless person get off the street are asked to call the Help for the Homeless phone line at 613-580-2626. The warning is issued when a wind chill of -35 C or lower is predicted. Temperatures in Ottawa fell to –19 C in the afternoon (wind chill temperature is abt -38 C this morning!!). …"
Source: CBC News 2013/01/22
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