You’re a winter warrior, but today – maybe don’t fight it. As we near the middle of January, things are getting incredibly cold and for those in the Wild Rose Province, this week will be exceptional.  With some temperatures exceeding -30°C, Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for all of Alberta and the freezing weather could remain in place until this weekend.

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“A long period of extreme cold temperatures and wind chills continue,” they write.

“Air temperatures will continue to gradually fall through the end of the week with the coldest values expected by Saturday morning. Over the weekend, morning temperatures will reach minus 40 degrees Celsius in many areas. Wind chills will approach minus 50.”

Photo via Environment and Climate Change Canada

So, what does this mean for you?

First and foremost, if you have to leave the house, dress in layers and do not stay outside longer than you have to.

“Extreme cold puts everyone at risk,” the warning continues.

“Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.”

According to their website, frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, so watch for colour changes, numbness, tingling or swelling on your fingers and toes.

In addition, those with pets are reminded that “If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”

Luckily, after this weekend has come and gone, things will become a little more comfortable for those in major cities.

Calgary will see a 25°C swing between Sunday night and Monday during the day, with a mix of sun and cloud, then dip to -4°C on Tuesday.

Calgary, Alberta weather forecast

Photo via Environment and Climate Change Canada

Edmonton, Alberta weather forecast

Photo via Environment and Climate Change Canada

Edmonton will see a similar trend as Monday sees a high of -9°C and sunny followed by -10°C on Tuesday.

Until it does warm up, however – please stay safe and be smart!

For more information or to keep an eye on the forecast you can visit the Environment and Climate Change Canada website here.