Saskatchewan shivers under record lows

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Temperatures will rise on Sunday in much of the province before more cold weather arrives. (Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Temperatures will rise on Sunday in much of the province before more cold weather arrives. (Kayle Neis/The Canadian Press - image credit)

How cold was it yesterday in Saskatchewan?

In Nipawin, Sask., the temperature plummeted to a record-shattering -43.4 C, breaking the record for Dec. 30 of - 40.8 C set in 1992.

Compare that with Alert, Nunavut, which is just 800 kilometres from the North Pole. Its low on Thursday was a balmy -27 C, according to Environment Canada.

And Nipawin wasn't the only Saskatchewan community to shiver in record-setting lows:

  • The Last Mountain Lake area hit -42.3 C, breaking the 1981 record of -38 C.

  • Rosetown fell to a frigid -39.3 C on Thursday, breaking the 1984 mark of -38.5 C.

  • Wynyard broke its 1967 record low for Dec. 30 of -38.3 C with a bone-chilling temperature of -40.5. C

Environment Canada's extreme cold warning remains in effect and covers almost the entire province.

The deep freeze will continue across the province today and tomorrow before the southern half gets a one-day reprieve on Sunday.

The New Year's Day high for Regina is a predicted -27 C while in Saskatoon the high will be -25 C.

Those cities will see highs of -5 C and -8 C respectively on Sunday. But Arctic air will return on Monday with colder temperatures.

As for Nipawin, the high on Saturday is expected to be -28 C and -17 C on Sunday.

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