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Today could be record-setter for cold in Prince George

It’s not official, but we likely may have set a cold temperature record for January 15.

According to Environment Canada, the temperature in Prince George at 7:30 was -42 degrees Celsius. The record low for January 15 is, or was, -41.2 degrees Celsius set in 1979.

Yesterday the temperature dipped to -40.3 degrees Celsius, well short of the record, -48.3 degrees Celsius set in 1953.

The extreme cold warning remains in effect, as does air quality advisory.

The City of Prince George’s Clean Air Bylaw prohibits all open burning, including backyard burning, and land clearing burning. During air quality advisories, this bylaw also prohibits recreational fires, use of wood-burning appliances (except for sole wood burning heat users), and street sweeping activities (unless approved by an Authorized Person). Industry is required to follow permit requirements that are triggered during air quality advisories and are asked to reduce emissions wherever possible.

People with cardiovascular disease can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate the disease leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.

For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

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