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Hamilton sets cold record for Feb. 28

It's the coldest Feb. 28 on record in Hamilton. A wind chill warning and a cold alert are in effect.

It's the coldest Feb. 28 on record in Hamilton

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Hear that, Hamilton? That is the sound of the breaking of another cold weather record.

At 6 a.m., temperatures at Hamilton International Airport dropped to around –22 C and felt like –28 with the wind chill.

The previous all-time low for Feb. 28 was ­–­19.8 C, recorded at the weather station, — which opened in 1959 — on that day in 1994.

Hamilton is under its third cold weather alert of February. The city’s medical officer of health issues the alert every time the current or forecasted temperature falls bellow –15 C or –20 C with the wind chill.

Temperatures are set to warm up over the weekend and then dip again into early next week. A high of –1 C and periods of snow are in the forecast for Saturday and a high of –9 C and and a 40 per cent change of flurries are expected for Sunday.

However, Environment Canada expects overnight lows of –21 C on Sunday night and again on Monday night, meaning that Hamiltonians can expect chilly commutes at the beginning of the work week.  

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