Weather extremes bring mixed bag of conditions to Canadians
Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013 4:19PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:22AM EST
Weather extremes brought a mixed bag of conditions to the country Wednesday, with frigid temperatures in the prairies, balmy record-breaking temperatures in southern Ontario and wind warnings in Atlantic Canada.
Environment Canada issued a wind chill warning for Regina Wednesday morning, where the temperature was forecasted to drop to a low of -43 C with the wind chill.
Temperatures were only mildly warmer in Edmonton with a predicted low of -36 C with the wind chill. In Calgary the temperature with wind chill was forecasted to dip to -25 C.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, showers kicked off an unusually warm day that broke a seven-year temperature record.
By Wednesday afternoon, the mercury had climbed to 14 C, beating a previous record set in 2006, when the temperature had reached 9.1 C.
Typical temperatures for the city on this day range between -2 C and -9 C.
Meanwhile out east, in the Atlantic provinces, Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Halifax and Charlottetown.
Southwesterly winds gusting up to 90 km/h were forecasted to start Wednesday night and continue into Thursday.
“Potentially damaging winds are expected in these regions,” the agency warned.
The temperatures in both cities was forecasted to climb to 10 C. Normal temperatures in the region during this time range from -4 C to -13 C.