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Deep freeze shatters temperature records

Frigid temperatures recorded yesterday shattered records set inprevious years, marking the coldest Dec. 13 in Edmonton’s history.

Frigid temperatures recorded yesterday shattered records set in previous years, marking the coldest Dec. 13 in Edmonton’s history.

The temperature at the Edmonton International Airport dipped to -46.1 C at its lowest point, smashing the -36.1 C record set in 2008, Environment Canada meteorologist David Schmidt said yesterday.

“It was a chilly one,” he said.

The Edmonton City Centre Airport recorded -36.6 C yesterday, beating the previous record of -32.8 C set in 1882.

“We’re probably experiencing the coldest temperatures we’ll see for the next little while,” he said.

Thankfully, Schmidt added, the season’s icy grip will ease by mid-week when the Arctic high-pressure area dominating weather over the Prairies will shift to a Pacific stream.

Temperatures will level out by Friday, likely reaching minus single-digits.

The all-time record at the International Airport was set in January 1972, when the mercury fell to -48.3C.

“We almost beat it — just within the two-degree range,” Schmidt said.

Edmonton was the coldest place in the world yesterday, second only to a Siberian weather station, where temperatures reached -48 C.

 
 
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