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Bitter Cold Hits Cariboo

Cold but no records in the Cariboo overnight.

Doug Lundquist, a Meteorologist with Environment Canada, goes over some of the chilly numbers…

“It wasn’t really close to records. For example, Quesnel was about -33 last night, we haven’t got the final number in yet, but the old record was -44.4 set in 1907,” he said.

“The record in Williams Lake doesn’t go back so far, but it wasn’t close either. It was -28 last night approximately and the record is -32.7 set in 1989.”

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“Tonight coming up is going to be another cold night, probably similar to last night so there is a chance for records but it is quite far off. We’d need to get into the -32 to -37-degree range in Quesnel and Williams Lake to see records.”

Lundquist said they expect it to get down to around -27 tonight and that too will fall a little sort of any records, but it remains a lot colder than the average low of -10 for this time of year.

Looking ahead, he said we should get at least a partial break from the frigid temperatures.

“It will gradually warm up in the latter part of the week when we might get some snow and then there is another potential Arctic blast for the weekend, so we’re definitely not out of the woods yet, but the coldest nights are over tonight.”

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