Extreme cold warning issued for Edmonton, much of central Alberta

Watch above: Kevin O’Connell’s weather forecast as of 6:20 p.m. Sunday 

EDMONTON — It was a bitterly cold weekend in the Capital Region. With frigid wind chill values in the forecast, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning on Saturday.

Most of central Alberta was under the warning Saturday night. Environment Canada said a period of very cold wind chills was expected in the region.

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The extreme cold warning was dropped for some areas of Alberta Sunday afternoon, but remained in place for Edmonton at 5:10 p.m.

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Edmonton reached a daytime high of -24°C on Sunday.

The hot spot in Alberta on Sunday was Crowsnest, which reached a high of -17°C. Dapp, a hamlet in northern Alberta, was the coldest place in the province at -41.9°C.

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Global Edmonton weather specialist Kevin O’Connell said warmer air should make its way into the region by Wednesday with flurries in the forecast by the end of next week.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

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