Quebec has been placed under another lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19, but some regions are so cold, you wouldn’t want to step foot outside anyway.
Environment Canada has issued Extreme Cold Warnings for six regions across the province, where wind chill values are expected to make the temperature feel like -40°C on Wednesday night.
“An Arctic airmass combined with some moderate winds” will be responsible for the frigid temperatures, says the weather agency, who warns that frostbite can “develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.”
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Environment Canada says extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an “elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.”
The alert is in effect for the following areas around Quebec:
For comparison, temperatures in Montreal are expected to reach ‘feels like’ lows of -23ºC overnight on Wednesday and into Thursday morning.