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Deep Freeze for Eastern Canada


Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

January 14, 2009 — Atlantic Canada hit with another day of frigid temperatures.

It's going to be another day of cold temperatures for the Maritimes. The presence of a large body of water has not helped to mitigate the impact of the Arctic air mass moving across Atlantic Canada. The cold will continue into Sunday when it will begin to warm up slightly in time for an Alberta Clipper to bring a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain.

Records for Wednesday January 14, 2009

CityNew RecordOld RecordYear
Windsor -19.3C-19C1999
Wiarton -27C-26.7C1965

Records for Friday January 16, 2009

CityNew RecordOld RecordYear
Moncton-30C-29.4C1957
Fredericton-34.3C-30.6C1971
St. John, NB-32.8C-29C1948
Bathrust-32.8C-29C2004
Montreal-34.1C-33.3C1984

A Country Divided By Cold
The Prairies and Eastern Canada are freezing today while BC gets an early taste of spring with 10 degrees forecast for Saturday in Victoria. Whitehorse (yes, in the Yukon) is set to reach 6 degrees on Saturday and stay unseasonably warm until Monday.

What is going on?!
Blame it on the jet stream. A very high ridge of high pressure over the west coast is pulling warm air into parts of the Arctic while an equally deep trough of low pressure over Eastern Canada is pulling Arctic cold air down into Southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The Prairies sit at the dividing line where temperatures one day are in the -20's and hover at zero the next as the warm front moves East.

How long will this situation last?
Not much longer. By early next week, these crazy temperatures will be replaced by more seasonal ones as the jet streams returns to its usual winter pattern.

Cold Weather Fact
Keep in mind that, according to Environment Canada, at -35 frostbite is possible in 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check Feels Like which takes into consideration the Wind Chill.

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