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HomeNewsCOULD BE FEBRUARY TO REMEMBER WHEN IT COMES TO THE COLD

COULD BE FEBRUARY TO REMEMBER WHEN IT COMES TO THE COLD

There are still a few days left in the month, but this February will go down as one of the coldest in history in both Williams Lake and Quesnel.

Armel Castellan, a Meteorologist with Environment Canada, says Williams Lake was well ahead of that pace as of February 17th…

“Up until that point Williams Lake had seen an average temperature of -17.7. The normal average is -4.1 so almost 14 degrees colder during that stretch, which is certainly the coldest February on record for Williams Lake.”

Castellan says it has since dropped to -15.6 as an average but that is still on pace to be one of the coldest February’s, if not the coldest, ever.

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Quesnel’s records go back further to the late 1800’s, but Castellan says Quesnel is also on pace to be one of the coldest on record…

“-15.8 is average in Quesnel this year. The normal average for Quesnel in February is -3.6, so we’re talking again upwards of 11 degrees colder than normal. I suspect that that will be very close to the top coldest February on record.”

Castellan says the all-time record is an average of -19.5 in 1936.

He says the normal daytime high for this time of year plus 3, while the normal low is just -7.

Castellan says we’re not expected to see temperatures north of zero for at least a couple of weeks.

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