Extreme cold warning ends for Calgary, but don't pack up the parka yet

Extreme cold warning ends for Calgary, but don't pack up the parka yet

It's cold in Calgary, but it's not extreme, according to Environment Canada.

The federal agency has ended an extreme cold warning that has been in place since Feb. 2. 

Still, it's not time to pack up the parka. Tuesday's high will a comparatively balmy –18 C but will sink back down to –25 C overnight. 

The rest of the week is forecast to see highs hovering around –15 C, with Thursday slated to hit –12 C. 

Despite the warming trend, that wind chill will remain. So maybe don't pack up the face masks or scarves, either. 

According to YYC Weather Records — a Twitter account run by computer scientist Rolf Campbell, who developed software to pull in Environment Canada data to create weather statistics — we're in the midst of the longest cold snap since January 1998.

The longest stretch was 27 days with a maximum temperature of –11 C or less. 

Speaking on Monday, meteorologist Kyle Fougere said the mean temperature in Calgary for February is –22 C at this point and that January's mean temperature was 5.8 degrees above normal. 

The average daily high for this time of year, he said, is zero, with an average night time low of –12 C.

There are still extreme cold warnings blanketing large swaths of the province, mostly in central Alberta.

There are snowfall warnings in place for Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Cardston, Fort Macleod, Magrath and Waterton Lakes National Park.