This weekend was a cold one, and Strathmore even broke a record.
"It was -36.8 on Friday morning, and the old record was -36.7, so it just squeaked in with that record. But the previous year was 1916," said Warning Preparedness Meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, Alyssa Peterson.
Alberta broke 92 records last weekend, and that doesn't include this morning and only includes up to Sunday, as Peterson mentioned.
Strathmore and the area are still under an extreme cold warning, with today (Jan 15) reaching a high of -27 and tonight a low of -31.
"Parts of northern Alberta are likely to see extreme cold conditions continue until later in the week. Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter," it read on the Environment Canada website.
Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind-resistant. Cover up.
Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
"You can get frostbite even when it's -1. Anything below 0 can pose a risk because there's water in your skin. It would take a very, very long time in those temperatures, however. Then, you've got frostbite when you're getting wind chills like we saw in Alberta this weekend of -47 to -52. That's when we're getting frostbite in two to five minutes," said Peterson.
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