Waterloo Region weather: record-breaking glacial cold today

Here is your weather outlook in Waterloo Region for Friday, Feb. 13.

The extreme cold blanketing Waterloo Region on Friday shattered two temperature records, according to Environment Canada.

At 7:00 a.m., the temperature at the Region of Waterloo International Airport was -28 C, the coldest temperature on record for February 13 at the airport according to Rob Kuhn, a severe weather meteorologist for Environment Canada. The previous record was -23.7 C, set in 1997.

Kuhn says that the University of Waterloo weather station recorded a temperature of -30.3 C this morning, the first time in the last 100 years that a -30 temperature in Waterloo Region has been recorded this late in the calendar year.

A strong cold front has crossed southern Ontario bringing in much colder temperatures. The combination of cold temperatures and light winds will produce windchill values of -30 to -35 early this morning.

Morning: Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 kilometres per hour early this afternoon. High -11C. Windchill -32 this morning. 

Afternoon: Mix of sun and cloud, -12C with windchill at -20. 

Evening: Periods of snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind southwest 20 kilometres per hour becoming light after midnight. Temperature steady near -10C.