The province of Saskatchewan experienced wildly different temperatures Sunday, Dec. 30.
Key Lake was a bitter -46.4 degrees Celsius. The low temperature was brisk enough to make it the coldest place in Canada.
On the flip side, Maple Creek was the hottest place in Saskatchewan, at a pleasant 4.6 degrees Celsius. The warmest place in Canada was North Cowichan in British Columbia at 10 C.
Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist, Natalie Hasell, said the cold air originates in the north. “This dome of cold air has come down from the Arctic and has settled over the central and eastern prairies,” she said. Hasell added the warm temperatures in Maple Creek are due to a low-pressure system traveling from the south that’s bringing with it large amounts of warm air.
Hasell has assured residents the cold weather in the Prince Albert region won’t stick around. “It really is a snap as opposed to a spell,” she said.
The cold weather has caused some delays for local clubs. Through Facebook, the Kinsmen Ski and Snowboard Centre is temporarily closed and the Kristi Lake Poker Rally has been postponed due to the frigid temperatures.
The Prince Albert SPCA is also encouraging pet owners to be very mindful of their furry friends. In a post on Facebook the SPCA said even long-haired dogs should only be outside for brief periods.
Hasell said several communities across the province will still see very cold temperatures overnight. Luckily, Tuesday the region will return to more normal temperatures, she said.
By Wednesday, there is even a possibility the mercury could rise to the positive side of the thermometer.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:23 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018 to clarify that Maple Creek was the warmest place in Saskatchewan only.
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