Record-breaking frigid temperatures grip southern Saskatchewan
4 communities smashed years-old temperature records on Friday, Environment Canada says
An Arctic air mass gripped four southern Saskatchewan communities last week, smashing years-old temperature records.
The temperature in Moose Jaw, Regina, Watrous and Weyburn dipped below -20 C early Friday morning, Environment Canada said.
Meanwhile, Regina broke a nearly century-old record that day with the temperature dropping to -24.9 C. The previous record of -23.9 C was set in 1919.
Moose Jaw had a chilly new record of -26.7 C, breaking the previous record of -23.9 C set in 1945.
Watrous reported a frigid temperature of -24.1 C, smashing a record of -21.1 C set 58 years ago.
Weyburn's also hit -23.7 C that day, breaking a temperature record of -23.3 C set in 1973.
Next week holds some promise of a thaw for all four communities, with Environment Canada forecasting a reprieve from the cold, and potential plus temperatures mid-week.