Tue, November 28, 2006
Cold set to snap city recordUPDATED: 2006-11-28 03:57:59 MST
Canada says such low temperatures unusual for this time of year
By TARINA WHITE, CALGARY SUN
Dave Koiter bundles up to take on the task of wiping off his windshield yesterday as more snow fell on Calgary. Strong winds combined with blowing snow and frigid temperatures to create treacherous driving conditions throughout the city. (Stuart Dryden/Calgary sun)
The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold is expected to ease in the coming days.
With a forecast low of -31C today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896.
But factoring in the wind chill, it will feel even colder to people who have to brave the elements, said Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald.
"I wouldn't break out the shorts and go sunbathing right now," he joked.
The recent frigid weather is a far cry from the city's average late-November temperatures.
Macdonald said the normal daytime high at this time of year is 0C, with a low of -11C.
"The last time it was really this cold in November was about 10 years ago," he said.
"We've hit rock bottom."
It's even been too frosty to ski, with Canada Olympic Park shutting the hill yesterday in the name of safety.