An extreme cold warning during the winter in Edmonton? Shocking.
The extreme cold warning was put into effect by Environment Canada early Monday morning, and it’s held steady with temperatures below -25°C, and wind chill values between -40°C and -55°C.
It’s currently -30°C in Edmonton, but (as if that isn’t cold enough) it feels more like -42°C with the wind chill.
“Cover up,” Environment Canada warns, “Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with [the] wind chill.”
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Moving into the midweek, temperatures will stay below -25°C. Wednesday will feel like -36°C, and with Thursday’s windchill, it will feel like -37°C out there.
Flurries are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, bringing about 1 cm of snow into the city each day.
The Weather Network announced that the polar vortex would remain situated between Manitoba and Alberta for the time being, as an Arctic high refuses to budge in Western Canada throughout the entire week.
Things will warm up slightly over the weekend, and sunshine will bring temperatures of -16°C, feeling like -20°C, on Sunday. This trend is predicted to continue into early next week, and Tuesday will see a high of -14°C.
Compared to the current windchill of -42°C, that sounds positively tropical!
Bundle up and stay warm out there, Edmonton.