Today is looking to be coldest day Calgary has seen in almost 16 years

Jan 14 2020, 8:50 am

It’s no surprise that Calgary gets cold in the winter, but this is getting ridiculous.

The cold front that crept its way into the city this past weekend has stubbornly stuck around, dropping temperatures throughout Calgary to dangerously low levels.

The City of Calgary officially joined the rest of Alberta under an Extreme Cold Warning from Environment Canada on Monday afternoon, and has since been getting even colder.

According to the Environment Canada warning for Calgary, the city could experience wind chill values as low as -45°C and -50°C.

Even without factoring in the wind, it’ll still likely be record-breakingly cold today, with Twitter account Calgary Weather Records stating that Tuesday, January 14 is looking to be the coldest day that the city has seen since February 10, 2004.

We’ll take that record if the daily high stays below -28°C — though we don’t have our fingers crossed that today goes down in the history books.

It’s looking more and more like it’ll be the case, however, as the day started off by becoming one of the coldest January temperatures ever recorded.

At -30.9°C, 12 am Tuesday became the coldest January temperature the city had seen since January 18, 2012.

It’s not quite the coldest that the city had ever been in the first month of the year — that spot goes to January 31, 1893, when the temperature dropped to a dangerously cold -44.4°C — but it’s definitely not warm out, by any means.

Environment Canada is warning Calgarians, and the rest of Alberta for that matter, to keep an eye out for cold related symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes.

And your safest bet? Just stay indoors until it warms back up… which isn’t looking to happen until next Monday.