Western Canada Remains Under Extreme Cold Warnings As Some Areas Hit -50 C | The Canadian News

There will be no respite from the freezing temperatures until the end of the week in most of western Canada, as icy Arctic winds blanket the area and send temperatures plummeting.

Environment Canada says that most of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, along with parts of Manitoba and Ontario, are still under extreme cold warnings with freezing winds dropping to -50 C in some areas.

Environment Canada says the icy Arctic air mass enveloping southern Saskatchewan will not abate until the end of the week.

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Extreme Cold Warning Remains in Western Canada

The weather agency says that most of Alberta will see extreme cold conditions with wind chill between -40 C and -45 C.

It says wind chill temperatures in Vancouver will be near or below -20 C as Arctic winds blow through the region.

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Environment Canada says the wind chill in Vancouver will moderate through the day on Wednesday as temperatures rise.

BC Hydro said extremely low temperatures in many parts of the province led to a new record for peak electricity demand on Monday between 5 and 6 p.m.

“Most of the increase is likely due to the need for additional heating in the home during this cold snap,” spokeswoman Simi Heer said in a press release.

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Heer said electricity demand hit an all-time high of 10,902 megawatts, which is higher than the previous record of 10,577 megawatts last year.

He said the record represents a single moment in time when electricity demand was highest.

The Alberta Electric System Operator, which manages the provincial power grid, declared an energy emergency alert Monday night, which it explained in a social media post was due to extreme weather that was affecting some generating facilities.

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He asked people to turn off the lights in their vacation homes early, but later in the evening said normal network conditions had resumed.

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