You never do get used to the piercing cold in Edmonton, but a wind chill of -40°C is a different kind of freezing.
As of Tuesday morning, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, and many other parts of Northern Alberta, as dangerously cold weather hits much of the province — which has since been called off.
Although it will be sunny, Tuesday is expected to have a wind chill of -40°C, which can cause frostbite within minutes.
According to Environment Canada, individuals located in areas where the cold warning is in effect “should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions.”
Wednesday is also expected to be sunny and cold, with a wind chill of -20°C.
According to The Weather Network, “extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.”
Individuals should watch for cold-related symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes.
Stay warm out there, Edmonton.