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Record cold in Saskatchewan, record warmth in Nunavut

Record low temperatures in Saskatchewan Monday
Record low temperatures in Saskatchewan Monday

Staff writers

March 26, 2013 — First heavy snow, now record cold temperatures. It's the winter that keeps on giving in parts of Saskatchewan.

Nunavut enjoys record warmth for two days in a row
Nunavut enjoys record warmth for two days in a row

On Monday, several communities across southern and central Saskatchewan set new record low temperatures.

Places like Kindersley and Assiniboia saw temperatures dip close to -25C, beating previous daily record lows set more than 15 years ago.

"Spring this year in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is like a car with a dead battery," tweeted The Weather Network's Chris Murphy early Tuesday. "It just won't seem to start."

Meanwhile, for the past two days, Resolute, Nunavut has reached new record warmth with temperatures hovering around -10C.

"Only for three months, June to August, do average daytime highs usually climb above 0C there," adds Murphy.

Volunteers needed for making sandbags
Volunteers needed for making sandbags

"A warming trend is on the way for the Prairies, with temperatures expected to rise later this week," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

That's great news for those with Easter long weekend plans, but it also has flood forecasters on high alert.

With significant snowfall recorded this winter and warmer temperatures just around the corner, residents are taking action.

Over the weekend, thousands of people in Saskatchewan were busy shovelling snow away from the foundations of their homes.

Moose Jaw's emergency measures organization is also gathering a list of volunteers for making sandbags.

Co-ordinator Rod Montgomery says a volunteer list will help the city muster people if flooding occurs.

With files from The Canadian Press

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