It’s about to get cold in Metro Vancouver this week. Really cold.
According to a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada on Monday, the region will see Arctic air reach the west coast by Wednesday night.
“Blustery outflow winds will accompany the arrival of the Arctic air yielding cold wind chill values,” the agency said.
So just how cold are we talking, here?
According to Environment Canada, “the Arctic air will deepen throughout the week supporting temperatures and wind chill values down to the -5 to -10°C range.”
The cold weather alert includes the following:
- Metro Vancouver — central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver — North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver — northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver — southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver — southwest including Richmond and Delta
With the onslaught of below-freezing temperatures in store, Environment Canada is reminding people who work and spend time outside “to dress warmly and in layers, preferably with a wind-resistant outer layer.”
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Those planning longer drives during this time period are “encouraged to add winter emergency kits to their vehicles which include a blanket, extra clothes, and boots.”