While parts of Canada Ontario and British Columbia have experienced a recent warm spell, well next week Canadian weather will be literally colder than Siberia.
In the heart of the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon is going to hit -63°C with the wind chill next week. Meanwhile, in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, the temperature will feel like -56°.
The cold in most parts of Canada is due to an arctic ridge that is passing over next days . With the ridge, there are extremely cold temperatures reaching around -50°C and even the smallest wind can cause a wind chill bringing the temperature down to -60°C. The weather is so bad that it has prompted an extreme weather warning from Environment Canada.
In fact, the warning covers most of Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and New Brunswick and Alberta too. Environment Canada warns not only of the dangers of the cold but that these temperatures are going to last all week .
People have been advised to stay indoors, especially younger children, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses and outdoor workers due to high risks of hypothermia and freezing.
“Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes,” said Environment Canada.
Canada’s southern regions may not have it as bad but are still affected to a significant degree. Parts of Manitoba going to have wind chills as low as -45 C, while northern Ontario and northern Quebec are going to see temperatures of around -50C and -60 C, respectively.
“The displacement of the polar vortex in more southern latitudes has meant some extreme cold for areas in northern Canada and even down to the south,” says meteorologist Erin Wenckstern.
In contrast, Atlantic Canada is experiencing warmer temperatures, with regions like Halifax showing highs of 9 C. Such represents a 60-degree temperature difference compared to parts of northern Canada.
Fortunately for Canadians , the extreme cold isn’t going to last forever. Once the arctic ridge passes, Most parts of Canada temperatures will likely back to normal.