A chilly autumn day: 2 records going back more than 100 years broken in Sask., Environment Canada says

Wednesday's low broke the 1896 record for the coldest Sept. 5 in Moose Jaw, at a chilly –2.8 C. Meanwhile, Indian Head dipped down to –3.3 C, well below the 1903 record of –1.7 C.

Wednesday's below-freezing low in Moose Jaw broke 1896 record, while Indian Head broke 1903 record

It's tough to find an appropriate stock photo for the type of weather Saskatchewan had yesterday. While there's no snow — yet — the province still has plenty of leaves, even though temperatures dropped below freezing in many parts of the province yesterday. (CBC)

Two daily weather records which had stood for more than a century were broken in Saskatchewan on Wednesday, according to Environment Canada's preliminary weather data. 

Wednesday's low broke the 1896 record for the coldest Sept. 5 in Moose Jaw, at a chilly –2.8 C.

That's colder than the previous record low of  –2.2 C, which was set during Wilfrid Laurier's first term as the prime minister.

Meanwhile, Indian Head dipped down to –3.3 C, well below the 1903 record of –1.7 C.

Daily weather records were also broken in several other parts of Saskatchewan, but those records were all from the later 20th century:

  • The mercury in Coronach touched –2.7 C, which beat the –2.2 C record low set in 1965. 
  • Elbow hit –1.3 C, colder than the –1.1 C low in 1965. 
  • Estevan tied the record  low of –1.7 C, also set in 1965. 
  • Saskatoon was –1.3 C, which broke a 1965 record of –1.1 C.

Sept. 5 was fairly chilly in 1965.

Other more recent records were also broken on Wednesday:

  • Last Mountain's new record of –2.9 C beat the –1.0 C record set in 1991. 
  • Lucky Lake was just under freezing at –0.9 C, a sizeable gap between the 1972 record of 1.1 C. 
  • Nipawin dipped to –3.5 C at one point, beating the old record of –2.3 C set in 1991.
  • Rockglen was 2.6 C, which was chilly compared to the 1975 record of 3.3 C.