Dangerous wind chills continue across Southwest

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Dangerous windchills continue in Southwest, January 5

With daytime temperatures not expected above -30 Celsius today, and when combined with strong winds, individuals venturing outside are being subjected to dangerous wind chills across Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada has extended their current wind chill warning for most of Saskatchewan, as extreme wind chill values in the minus 45 to minus 50 range can cause frostbite on exposed skin in five to 10 minutes.

Swift Current's wind chill temperature felt like -53 this morning.

The Environment Canada Wind chill warning advises that wind chills colder than minus 40 will persist into Monday.

"Another frigid Arctic airmass is moving across the Southern Prairies today with temperatures in the -30s this morning. Northwest winds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour with higher gusts are combining with these temperatures to produce dangerous wind chills in the minus 45 to minus 50 range. At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in five to 10 minutes," their warning notes.

"Wind chill values will remain in the minus 40 to minus 45 range much of today as temperatures struggle to climb above the minus 30 mark while brisk northwest winds persist. Wind chills are expected to remain colder than the minus 40 warning threshold through tonight into Monday morning before moderating by Monday afternoon. More significant warming is expected by mid to late week across Southern Saskatchewan.

Swift Current's daytime high on Monday is forecast to climb to -16 Celsius, with Maple Creek forecast to reach -12 Celsius tomorrow.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southwest, Saskatchewan, Swift Current Arctic Southern Prairies Maple Creek

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