After a barrage of criticism, and with temperatures set to take a dangerous plunge, the City of Toronto opened two new warming centres for homeless people and deployed outreach workers and ambulances to check on those who refuse to move indoors.

Also, city and federal officials said Thursday discussions to open the Moss Park Armoury as a temporary respite centre were going well, and they expected an announcement later in the day.

Mayor John Tory said the new round-the-clock warming centres would open at Metro Hall and Regent Park Community Centre at 7 p.m. and remain open until the extreme cold weather ends.