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Alberta is expected to hit -50 with the wind chill as extreme cold endures

People in Alberta who are enduring a deep freeze are advised to keep an eye out for cold-related symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

At 11 a.m. MT Saturday, coldest spot in Canada was –41.2 C at Teepee Creek, Alta., warmest 1.8 C in Vancouver

People in Alberta are on alert to watch for cold-related symptoms in the province's deep freeze. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The extreme cold is continuing its icy grip on Alberta.

Temperatures with the wind chill will make it feel like it's between –40 C and –50 C in some parts of the province, prompting an extreme cold warning from Environment Canada.

"Some parts of Alberta should expect extreme cold conditions to occur in the overnight and morning hours through the weekend and even into Wednesday," the warning reads.

"Extreme cold puts everyone at risk."

At 11 a.m. MT Saturday, the coldest spot in Canada was –41.2 C at Teepee Creek, Alta. — just east of Grande Prairie — while the warmest spot in the country was Vancouver Harbour at 1.8 C. 

Albertans are advised to keep an eye out for cold-related symptoms, including:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Muscle pain and weakness.
  • Numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

The warning adds that if it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for pets to stay outside.

Trees are covered in ice and snow along the Bow River in Calgary. (Christine Boyd/CBC)

Here's what two of Alberta's major cities can expect (temperatures are without the wind chill):

  • In Calgary, the forecast is calling for a low of –29 C on Saturday, –24 C on Sunday, –25 C on Monday, –23 C on Tuesday, –19 C on Wednesday and –20 C on Thursday.
  • In Edmonton, the forecast is calling for lows of –29 C on Saturday, –23 C on Sunday, –25 C on Monday, –24 C on Tuesday, –23 C on Wednesday and –23 C on Thursday.

The lowest recorded temperature in Calgary on Feb. 9 was in 1939, when the mercury dipped to –41.1 C, and the record high on this date was in 1926 when it reached a balmy 14.4 C.

The record low for this day in Edmonton is –31.9 C set in 2008 and the record high is 10.1 C set in 2016.

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