It's no secret that Canadian winters can be brutal – but you're about to find out just how harsh it can get. There are extreme cold weather warnings all across Canada right now, proving that Canadian winters are seriously brutal. Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for several provinces today.
Environment Canada has issued extreme cold weather warnings for a total of eight provinces today: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and New Brunswick. This means that more than half of the Canadian provinces are expected to experience intensely cold temperatures.
How bad does the weather have to be for the government to issue an extreme cold weather warning to the public? According to Environment Canada in their weather alert, "extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia".
Exactly how cold are temperatures in Canada right now? Most of the provinces with extreme cold weather warnings are experiencing temperatures between -40 degrees and -55 degrees Celsius. For instance, Quebec is experiencing seriously chilly weather right now. "Extreme wind chill values of -45 to -50 are expected beginning overnight tonight", warns Environment Canada.
In parts of Ontario, temperatures as cold as -45 degrees Celsius are expected today. Canada's capital city, Ottawa, is even getting hit with a "thundersnow" storm today, which will bring some wild weather conditions to the city.
If you thought -45 degrees Celsius was cold, wait till you hear about the forecast for Nunavut, which is home to some of the coldest weather in Canada right now. "Wind chill values near -55 are expected tonight and Thursday," warned Environment Canada in their alert.
Going outside can even be dangerous and life-threatening during these extreme cold weather conditions, warns Environment Canada. This is because frostbite can develop in a matter of minutes, aka you could be frozen solid. "Extreme cold puts everyone at risk," reads the weather warning from Environment Canada.
Environment Canada has shared some tips to help Canadians stay safe during the cold winter weather. They advise to layer and cover up and also to make sure you have emergency supplies nearby in your cars, such as extra blankets and jumper cables. People who are working outside should also take regular breaks and go inside to warm up.
"Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter," reads the alert from Environment Canada. "Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes".