Western Canada under extreme cold; Coldest temperature in eight years

Western Canada under extreme cold; Coldest temperature in eight years

A temperature below -51C has been recorded in Canada for the first time in almost a decade

Teresa Dudley is bundled up and frosty as she walks near the University District in northwest Calgary on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Extrremely cold temperatures will be in the area for the rest of the week PHOTO BY JIM WELLS/POSTMEDIA

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EDMONTON — Frigid temperatures and arctic air have left most of the western provinces shivering with wind chills dipping down to -55C.

Environment Canada says all of Alberta and most of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, along with parts of Manitoba and Ontario are under extreme cold weather warnings.

It says the wind chill can range between -40C and -55C in Edmonton and Calgary.

It says arctic outflow winds and low temperatures have also been forecast for much of British Columbia with the mercury dipping to near or below -20C.

Environment Canada says cold, arctic air remains entrenched over western and central Saskatchewan with wind chills of up to -45C.

According to The Weather Network, a temperature below -51C has been recorded in Canada — in Rabbit Kettle, Northwest Territories —  for the first time in eight years.

The agency says extreme cold could persist into next week.

On Christmas Eve, Deadmen Valley in the Northwest Territories recorded a brutally cold temperature of -45C and the only place that was colder was Jakutsk, Russia at -48C at 4:00 p.m. EST. In fact, the bone-chilling air that sent temperatures tumbling so low in Deadmen Valley originated in Russia before it migrated over the North Pole.

“Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind-resistant,” Environment Canada and Climate Change advised in their extreme cold warnings for northern Alberta.

Source/ Vancouver Sun


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