Steam rises from the Bow River and downtown Calgary buildings on a morning at -25 ° C, Monday, January 13, 2020. Gavin Young / Postmedia
The entire province of Alberta is now under a warning of extreme cold when a mass of Arctic air sits on the grasslands, bringing with it cooling values of -45C to -50C.
Environment Canada expects the extreme cold wave to last this week and even until Sunday for some regions. However, Calgary should see some relief for Sunday, when the maximum is expected to reach 2C.
Until then, however, the cold weather will be relentless, with highs barely reaching -25 ° C and lows below -30 ° C.
The average temperature for this time of year is a maximum of -3 and a minimum of -15.
Tuesday night’s minimum is expected to fall to -33C, just below the record of -37.2.
A Canadian meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change said that temperatures close to -40 ° C are rare in Calgary, given the urban accumulation that moderates those low temperatures.
“Such a temperature in big cities just doesn’t happen,” said Dan Kulak.
But the high pressure system, essentially a function of the so-called Arctic vortex, will probably be stubborn enough, he added.
“It swells and floats around,” he said.
The schools in Calgary have remained open, but the extreme cold continues to affect external activities. Some schools in the Rocky View school district, including Crossfield and Beiseker / Kathryn, will close on Tuesday
WinSport has extended the closure of its ski and snowboard operations until Thursday after initially announcing that the closure would take effect on Monday and Tuesday.
The Nakiska ski area in Kananaskis said the extreme cold means the hill will close on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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