The extreme cold warning for Wheatland County has ended, but this might not be the end of the cold weather just yet.
According to a meteorologist from Environment Canada, there is “Not a real abrupt end in sight.” He said, “things have risen slightly, but it is still going to be fairly cold, we are expecting temperatures in the mid minus teens for most of this week as a day time high.”
He went on to say that, “temperatures in Strathmore have been approaching -30 C overnight, the rest of the week we are expecting -24 C to -26 C.” He mentioned that the normal temperature for this time of year is a day time high of -1 C and a low of -13 C. He said, “we are going to stay probably below normal for at least next week as well, but temperatures will rise a little bit so it won’t be that really numbing cold that we have seen for the first part of the month.”
He mentioned that the month of January was on average six degrees above average, which is why the month of February felt really cold.
He said, “even though we’ve ended the extreme cold warning, it is still important that people still monitor their exposure to the cold.” He said to make sure that individuals cover any exposed skin, to dress in layers, and to minimize exposure to the cold. He also suggested that if you have to be outside for any reason, such as working, to take as many beaks as you can. He suggested, “if anyone is travelling to make sure they have an emergency kit in their car, maybe bring some blankets and extra clothes in case an emergency happens and they get stuck outside.”
Extreme cold warnings are issued when it is expected that the temperatures or windchill is going to approach -40 C.