Compared to some frigid temperatures in northern Quebec, Montreal’s -17ºC might feel like a mid-summer day.
Environment Canada has issued Extreme Cold Warnings for Akulivik, Ivujivik, Kangirsuk, and Salluit where temperatures are expected to reach ‘feels like’ lows of -49ºC.
“Extreme Cold Warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia,” reads the alert. “Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.”
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Kangirsuk Ivujivik, Akulivik, and Salluit are Inuit villages in northern Nunavik, Quebec, located 230 kilometres north Kuujjuaq. The communities are only accessible by air and via boat in the summer.
The weather agency urges citizens to continually monitor alerts and updates during extreme cold warnings.