From Winnipeg to Quebec’s Eastern Townships, large swaths of Canada were under an extreme cold warning on Saturday as temperatures dropped deep into the negatives.
Environment Canada issued Extreme Cold Warnings for the southern half of Manitoba, almost the entire province of Ontario, parts of Quebec, and parts of New Brunswick on Saturday. The agency also issued warnings for extreme cold and winter storms in areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In total, the agency issued warnings for 140 regions of Canada, Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips told CTV’s News Channel on Saturday morning.
According to the agency, an Arctic ridge of pressure pushed temperatures in Winnipeg to a frigid -30 C overnight. With wind chill, those temperatures could feel more like -40 C or colder.
Meanwhile, in the City of Ottawa, “the coldest air of the season” is expected to cause temperatures to feel as cold as -45 C with wind chill and Torontonians faced temperatures that felt as cold as -40 C with wind chill on Saturday morning.
Even more extreme temperatures are forecast for parts of Quebec on Saturday, with Environment Canada calling for temperatures that feel as low as -38 C to -46 C with wind chill in Montreal and Quebec City.
Environment Canada issues extreme cold warnings when temperatures or wind chill create an elevated health risk.
“These are wind chills that could be down to, certainly, -45 C or -50 C,” Phillips said on Saturday. “That could freeze flesh in a matter of minutes.