Extreme Windchill levels of -50 experienced in Southwest Saskatchewan
For the second straight day the Southwest has experienced extreme windchill temperatures of -50 in the midst of the Environment Canada's Wind Chill Warning.
This morning at 1 a.m., the temperature fell to -33 Celsius, and when combined with a 30 kilometer per hour wind, the windchill value dropped to -50. On Friday, Swift Current's temperature fell to -34 Celsius betwen 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. this morning, and when combined with a 28 kilometer per hour wind, the windchill made it feel like -50.
All of Southwest Saskatchewan remains under Wind Chill Warning for today as a result of extreme wind chills in the minus 40s.
"A bitterly cold airmass associated with an Arctic high pressure ridge remains over Southern Saskatchewan. Temperatures in most areas remain in the minus 30s as of late this morning, which combined with west winds of 15 to 30 km/h are giving extreme wind chills in the minus 40s," the Environment Canada warning notes.
"These extreme wind chills will moderate only slightly throughout the day, then shift southeastward a bit tonight. A weak weather system will bring air that is not quite as cold to western and northern portions of the Grainbelt tonight."
With wind chills in the minus 40s, frostbite can occur in as little as five to 10 minutes.