With overnight lows remaining well below zero and daytime highs not approaching the seasonal normal of 10 degree Celsius, Swift Current joins other communities across the province in trying to shake winter's grasp.
Environment Canada reported that Swift Current set a new record low on April 9 when the temperature plunged to -16.7 Celsius to eclipse the former mark of -13.9 set in 1997. Tuesday now ranks as the coldest April 9 since weather records began in 1886.
A total of nine Saskatchewan communities set official new temperature records on Tuesday, with nearby Rosetown dropping to -18.9 to break their old mark of -16.1 set in 1967. Regina set a new record of -20.5, which eclipsed the former 1948 record of -15.6.
Environment Canada noted that a bitterly cold air mass over Saskatchewan, resulting from a building Arctic ridge of high pressure to the north, has caused the low temperatures.
The deep freeze continued in this morning, with eight communities recording new record lows. Indian Head reached a chilly -22.8 Celsius to easily outdistance their previous low of -16.8 set just in 2006.
The long range forecast by Environment Canada is showing little reprieve from winter conditions, as freezing rain mixed with light snow is expected to begin in Swift Current near midnight, followed by a 70 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries on Thursday, while snow is now forecast for Saturday and Sunday.