Arctic blast smashes temperature records across Ontario, Canada

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An Arctic airmass affecting much of the US has made its way across Canada, with Toronto, Hamilton, and Ottawa airports smashing low temperature records as old as 1905.

Ottawa residents woke up to the coldest November 13 in the city’s history. The temperature pummeled to -14 °C (6.8 °F), breaking the previous record set in 1986 at -11.5 °C (11.3 °F).

Residents are urged to bundle up and protect themselves from the cold temperatures. The Ottawa Public Health reminded people to wear three layers of clothing, which are a wicking layer, a warm layer, and a waterproof layer.

Other notable daily records are the following:

Peterborough Trent University registered -20.3 °C (-4.5 °F), smashing 1983’s -13.5 °C (7.7 °F).

The Lake Superior Provincial Park’s record of -25.6 °C (-14 °F) broke the record set in 2018 which was -16.2 °C (2.84 °F).

In Barrie, the new record of -24.2 °C (11.6 °F) broke 1983’s low temperature record of -11.5 °C (11.3 °F).

North Bay saw -21.3 °C (-6.3 °F). The previous record was -18.7 (-1.6 °F) set in 1986.

Muskoka’s -22.0 °C (-7.6 °F) broke the previous record of -16.5 °C (2.3 °F) set in 1983.

In Egbert, -22.1 °C (-7.8 °F) broke the old record of -9.5 °C (14.9 °F) set in 1997.

Borden’s -24 °C (-11.2 °F) broke the previous record -10.5 °C (13.1 °F) set in 2013.

Brantford recorded -14.9 °C (5.18 °F), breaking the previous record temperature of -10.6 °C (12.9 °F) set in 1905.

During the same period, recorded snowfall is as follows: Lucknow 178 mm (7 inches), Wroexter  170 mm (6.7 inches), Milverton 140 mm (5.5 inches), and Durham 127 mm (5 inches).

“Temperatures recover, at least a little bit, as we round out the workweek in southern Ontario, but the snow isn’t entirely done with the region yet,” The Weather Network meteorologists said.

“A weak clipper system will combine forces with lake-effect bands to tangle with Thursday commutes — both morning and evening, in some cases. We track what’s left of the snow, and when we break out of this deep freeze, below.”

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