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Extremely cold temperatures in Western Canada

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VANCOUVER – A push of arctic air is bringing extremely cold temperatures to parts of western Canada.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued extreme cold warnings Monday morning for the entire province of Alberta, as well as parts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

In Edmonton, temperatures fell to -41.6 ° C on Monday morning, when they looked like -55 ° C with the wind chill. Calgary also experienced temperatures as cold as -31 C, or -43 C with the wind chill.

Record temperatures were recorded in 43 communities in Alberta and British Columbia between Sunday and Monday. The coldest community was Grande Prairie, Alberta, which saw temperatures drop to -44.4 C, breaking the record set in 1984. That’s -56 C with the wind chill.

“This area of ​​very cold air originated in Siberia last week. It passed through Alaska and has now really settled all over the West,” said weather expert Chris St. Clair in an interview with CTV News Channel.

At these temperatures, Environment and Climate Change Canada says frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin.

“This is really dangerous territory for a lot of these urban and rural areas,” said St. Clair, who was a presenter on The Weather Network.

Even in the lower mainland of British Columbia and on Vancouver Island, which typically experience milder winters, temperatures have been much colder than seasonal. It was as cold as -14.5 C in Vancouver on Monday morning, or -23 C with the wind chill. In Victoria, the mercury dropped to -8.7 ° C, the coldest temperature on record in the city since records began in 1874.

St. Clair says these temperatures are very unusual for the region.

“Some of these temperatures are unique temperatures, particularly southern British Columbia,” he said. It can be dangerous because when you look at Vancouver and the (Fraser Valley) you are just not used to several days where the temperature is -9 C, -10 C, -11 C. “

Some relief for BC and Alberta is in store by the end of the week. Vancouver will experience a high of 0 C on Thursday. On Saturday, temperatures will reach -7 C and 1 C in Edmonton and Calgary, respectively.

“The bad news is if you’re in Saskatchewan or Manitoba, that mark of cold air is heading your way,” St. Clair said.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -37 C in Regina and -38 C in Saskatoon on Wednesday evening. Winnipeg will also experience a low of -34 ° C Thursday night.

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