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Cold warning continues, but no temperature records broken

The cold snap continues, but we still haven’t broken any records.

The mercury dipped to -39.5 degrees Celsius yesterday in Prince George. The record was a mind-numbing -43.3 degrees Celsius, set in 1953. These temperatures, however, do not take into account windchill.

If you’re thinking we might break a record today, it will be even tougher to break than yesterday’s as the coldest January 14 on record was in 1953 when it got down to -48.3 degrees Celsius.

However, the extreme cold warning from Environment Canada continues. Bitterly cold arctic air will continue to remain entrenched over the area today through Wednesday.

The forecast high for today in Prince George is -26 degrees Celsius and the overnight low is expected to hit -35 degrees Celsius. Occasional winds to 15 km/h will give wind chill values down to -40 degrees Celsius.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

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